Rough road for EV industry

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America’s electric vehicle (EV) industry seems to have hit a rough patch of pavement in recent months. As the price of EV batteries continues to skyrocket , major automakers ranging from Ford and GM to BMW and Volkswagen are shoring up supply chain strategies. In March, the Biden administration invoked the Defense Production Act, making $750 million available to the mining industry for expansion and other improvements in the production of lithium.

NFI Industries orders 60 Volvo VNR Electric trucks

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The 60 trucks ordered by NFI are the next generation enhanced Volvo VNR Electric model with a six-battery-pack configuration, which provides an operational range of up to 275 miles.

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ABB and HASCO create joint venture to drive smart manufacturing in China’s auto industry

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Automation expert ABB and China’s leading automotive parts supplier, HASCO, are forming a joint venture to drive the next generation of smart manufacturing in China’s automotive industry. As the automotive industry’s transition towards electric vehicles gathers pace, parts manufacturers must increasingly invest in flexible facilities that can respond to rapidly changing demands and trends. China Electric (Battery) Industry 4.0 04/01/2022 Images are for editorial use only.

Volkswagen bringing additional partners to Industrial Cloud; 11 in first step

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Volkswagen, together with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and integration partner Siemens, is opening up the Industrial Cloud ( earlier post ) to other manufacturing and technology companies. With the Industrial Cloud we are creating a platform allowing partners to contribute their solutions.

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Study finds future-fuel demand for shipping industry equal to entire current global production of renewables

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A new study , commissioned by the International Chamber of Shipping and prepared by Professor Dr. Stefan Ulreich from Germany’s University of Applied Sciences, finds that the global shipping industry will require the equivalent of the world’s entire current renewable energy demand in order to replace fossil fuel use. To reach the industry’s 2050 (net) zero goal, shipping’s fuel needs would require electricity from renewable sources to increase by up to 3,000 TWh, the report shows.

Automotive industry develops new guidance for measuring recycled content of automotive products

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The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) have published a new guidance document, “ Measuring Recycled Content of Automotive Products.”.

Thailand’s EV industry growing rapidly

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According to the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand, the number of companies that are part of Thailand’s electric vehicle industry has risen significantly since 2015, from 76 to 420 in 2019.

Porsche strengthens commitment to industrial production of eFuels with $75M investment in HIF Global

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In total, an amount in the low nine-figure USD range is flowing into HIF Global LLC. The additional capital will be used to develop industrial eFuel facilities in Chile, the US and Australia, which have large supplies of renewable energy.

UnitedSiC (now Qorvo) announces 1200V Gen 4 SiC FETs with industry-best figures of merit

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Qorvo, a provider of innovative RF solutions, announced a next-generation series of 1200V Silicon Carbide (SiC) Field Effect Transistors (FETs) with industry-leading figures of merit in on-resistance. Expanding our 1200V range with higher performance Gen4 options allows us to better serve the engineers who are moving their bus designs to 800V. Pricing (1000-up, FOB USA) for the new 1200V Gen 4 SiC FETs range from $5.71

BASF and RWE proposing 2GW offshore wind farm for green electricity and hydrogen for chemical industry

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Another output of this process is high-purity solid carbon, a valuable raw material that can replace carbon in various industrial sectors, such as the steel industry. It shows very clearly how climate protection and competitiveness can be harmonized in the chemical industry.

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Alcoa outlines technology roadmap to decarbonize aluminum industry

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outlined a technology roadmap to support its vision to reinvent the aluminum industry for a sustainable future. Alcoa’s Refinery of the Future program will use a range of technologies and processes to design a refinery that lowers capital intensity, eliminates carbon emissions, and addresses other industry challenges, including reducing or eliminating bauxite residue. Alcoa Corp.

BMW Group increasing use of digitalization and Industry 4.0 in production logistics

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The BMW Group is increasingly relying on innovations from the fields of digitalization and Industry 4.0 We are taking advantage of the wide range of available technological innovations and working closely with universities and start-ups. We are already working with tomorrow’s Industry 4.0 Industry 4.0 in production logistics.

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Tritium partners Solcon Industries to provide EV charging infrastructure in Israel & Palestine

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Tritium partners Solcon Industries to provide EV charging infrastructure in Israel & Palestine. Tritium a global developer and manufacturer of direct current DC fast chargers for electric vehicles has a strategic partnership with Solcon Industries, a dynamic power electronics company.

ABS grants Alfa Laval the marine industry’s first approval in principle (AIP) for firing boilers with methanol

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Alfa Laval offers a range of oil-fired and oil and exhaust gas-fired boilers for ships. Methanol, which is liquid at ambient temperatures and carbon-neutral if produced from green sources, is a likely next fuel step in decarbonizing the marine industry.

Motor Coach Industries unveils its first battery-electric luxury coach in the N American market: J4500 CHARGE

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NFI Group subsidiary Motor Coach Industries (MCI) has unveiled the new zero-emission, battery-electric J4500 CHARGE coach. The J4500 CHARGE features brighter, more spacious interiors with industry-leading legroom.

International Lithium Association (ILiA) commissions TDi Sustainability to examine ESG and standards in the lithium industry

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The International Lithium Association ( ILiA ), the not-for-profit industry association representing the global lithium value chain, announced a wide-ranging agreement with TDi Sustainability to explore standards and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the lithium industry.

ExOne and Ford announce automotive industry’s first binder jet 3D printing & high-density sintering of aluminum

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This is a breakthrough in making 3D printed and sintered parts for the auto industry. ExOne 3D printers are among a wide range of technologies featured in Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford, Mich.,

EV Charging in Commercial and Industrial Buildings

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The eMobility revolution is accelerating as sales of EVs shift into high gear around the world –partly due to government regulations and subsidies and partly due to the growing availability of longer-range, lower-cost EVs.

Lucid Air achieves industry-best 0.21 coefficient of drag

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Aerodynamic efficiency plays a key role in achieving world-beating range and performance, and is particularly valuable to an EV in that it provides “smart range” independent of battery pack size.

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Volvo Trucks North America introduces I-Torque; up to 31% increase in fuel-efficient speed range

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Now available as an option with the latest D13 Turbo Compound engine, the Volvo I-Torque is a unique powertrain solution enabling the truck to operate optimally with up to a 31% increase in fuel efficient speed range, achieving up to 8.5

Volvo Trucks to begin production of enhanced VNR electric truck with up to 85% more range

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Volvo Trucks North America continues to lead in the deployment of sustainable Class 8 zero-tailpipe emission vehicles for the North American trucking industry with ongoing deliveries of its Volvo VNR Electric model to fleets across the country.

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Chart Industries invests $25M for 5% stake in Transform Materials; strategic commercial hydrogen MOU

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Chart Industries Inc., a leading global manufacturer of liquefaction and cryogenic equipment serving multiple applications in the clean energy and industrial gas end markets, including hydrogen, has invested $25 million in Transform Materials for 5% of its equity.

Researchers detect broad range of emerging synthetic antioxidants in dust in e-waste recyling centers

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Now, researchers have detected a broad range of emerging synthetic antioxidants, called hindered phenol and sulfur antioxidants, in dust from electronic waste (e-waste) recycling workshops, possibly posing risks for the workers inside.

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Japan and France to explore broad-ranging cooperation on future automotive industry; autonomy, batteries, fuel cells, policy

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Japan and France have agreed to share information and explore deeper cooperation on the automotive industry. In a Memorandum of Cooperation , the two governments said they had “ decided to establish a policy dialogue aimed at sharing information, supporting significant transformations of the environment of the automotive industry, and exchanging opinions concerning the possibility of further cooperation between Japan and France in industrial policy for the automotive industry. ”.

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Dürr building smart and resource-efficient paint shop at San Luis Potosí in Mexico for BMW Group; Industry 4.0

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Dürr is building a paint shop in Mexico for the BMW Group that meets the requirements for connected Industry 4.0 In terms of the paint shop layout, Dürr relies on a simple industrial building without intermediate levels in conjunction with multi-functional body stores with high-bay storage technology. BMW is also using a product from the digital@DÜRR range for the ovens. Industry 4.0

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QUANTRON presents Q-Light fuel-cell transporter; 3.5t-4.2t range

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QUANTRON is presenting the Q-Light fuel-cell-electric transporter at the NUFAM trade fair for the commercial vehicle industry in Europe. tonne range, the Q-Light FCEV is unique in Europe.

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Mercedes unveils VISION EQXX electric halo car; range and efficiency

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It has a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) on a single charge using a battery that would fit even into a compact vehicle. Ultra-low-rolling-resistance tires with optimized aerodynamic geometry combine with lightweight magnesium wheels for increased range.

CF Industries to build green ammonia plant in Louisiana

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CF Industries’ Board of Directors has approved a green ammonia project at the company’s flagship Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex to produce approximately 20,000 tons per year of green ammonia. CF Industries is a leading global manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products for clean energy, emissions abatement, fertilizer, and other industrial applications. —Tony Will, president and CEO, CF Industries.

Plug Power partners with Lightning Systems on hydrogen fuel-cell-powered Class 6 trucks for logistics industry; “middle-mile” solution

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Plug Power’s ProGen engines provide 90 kW of fuel cell power and utilize the latest generation of the company’s proprietary MEA and metal plate stack technology, which delivers industry-leading power density. Plug Power Inc.

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What is Range Anxiety?

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Range anxiety is the electric vehicle owner’s fear that an EV’s battery does not have sufficient enough charge for the vehicle to reach its final destination or that a charge point won’t be available for charging “on the road.”. The post What is Range Anxiety?

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Hexagon study finds automakers prioritizing EV range and cost over carbon footprint

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Independent research into electric vehicle (EV) development has found that most automotive companies are more focused on improving electric car range and reducing costs than improving the vehicles’ carbon footprint, despite mounting scrutiny of their hidden environmental impacts.

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Four Major Trends in the eMobility Industry in 2021

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Here are other 4 major trends we have seen this year across the EV industry. Governments increase their influence on the e-Mobility industry. The benefits will be realized by the public and the environment as the industry grows.

Volkswagen Truck & Bus launches RIO: open cloud-based platform for transportation industry digitization

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to MAN’s heavy-duty distribution eTruck—Volkswagen Truck & Bus is launching RIO—a new brand bundling digital solutions for transportation & logistics into a cloud-based open platform that can serve as the “operating system” for the entire transportation industry. To date, harnessing data within the transportation industry is often not possible due to the players involved who use different software systems—e.g. Connected vehicles Fleets Industry 4.0

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Ballard introduces fuel cell industry’s first commercial module to power ships: FCwave

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Ballard Power Systems has launched the fuel cell industry’s first module designed for primary propulsion power in marine vessels. Ballard is focused on Heavy- and Medium-Duty Motive applications, particularly where requirements include heavy payload, extended range and rapid refueling.

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Aviation industry coalition calls on EPA to expand sustainable aviation fuel feedstocks in updated RFS

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The coalition will continue its efforts to educate key government, industry, and community stakeholders on the value of SAF in achieving shared environmental goals. The coalition works with a wide range of stakeholders to advance the proliferation of alternative fuels at all the logical touchpoints: the manufacturers, the ground handlers, fuel and SAF suppliers, and the operators, at the regional, national, and international levels.

McPhy opening new industrial site in Grenoble increasing hydrogen station production capacity sevenfold

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McPhy, specialized in zero-carbon hydrogen production and distribution equipment (electrolyzers and hydrogen stations), is opening a new industrial site dedicated to the development and mass production of hydrogen stations. In March 2022, McPhy will move into the heart of Grenoble, renting a 4,000 m 2 existing industrial building.

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. eBREAK 1000F tolerates a wide range of challenging conditions to allow high yield hydrolysis for corn fiber conversion and sustainable optimization of plant economics.

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Tritium, Miller providing fast chargers and light-duty EVs for mining industry

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Tritium, a global developer and manufacturer of DC fast chargers for EVs, and Miller Technology , a supplier of mobile mining equipment for safety and productivity, are partnering to provide fast chargers and light-duty battery EVs for the mining industry. At 175kW of output, the RT175-S can provide 171 kilometers (106 miles) of range to an EV in as little as 10 minutes.

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Electric Vehicle Industry Associations – Joining Forces to Drive Adoption

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That’s where EV industry associations come in. The organizations’ annual conferences and webinars promote information sharing among eMobility leaders to drive the industry forward. Blog EV charging infrastructure EV industry E-Mobility EV Charging

Tesla gets first place in inaugural Industrial Digital Transformation Report

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ARC Advisory Group, a technology and research firm founded in 1986, recently released its inaugural Industrial Digital Transformation Top 25 special report. Industrial innovation continues to accelerate, and leading companies have their transformation initiatives well underway.

Wabtec and GM to develop advanced Ultium Battery and HYDROTEC hydrogen fuel cell solutions for rail industry

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The rail industry is on the cusp of a sustainable transformation with the introduction of batteries and hydrogen to power locomotive fleets. GM’s HYDROTEC hydrogen fuel cell power cubes are compact and easy to package and can be used in a wide range of applications, including locomotives.

Renault Trucks to offer an electric range for each market segment from 2023

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To support these developments and be able to offer a complete and competitive Renault Trucks range on the market, the company is setting up an organization dedicated to electric mobility. Renault Trucks now offers a comprehensive all-electric range, from 3.1

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Amsted Industries forms automotive group to focus on electric and traditional vehicle markets

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Amsted Industries, a diversified designer and manufacturer of industrial solutions serving the railroad, vehicular and construction markets with a global footprint spanning 65 facilities in 10 countries across 6 continents, is bringing together two of its century-old, core Tier 1 automotive supply business units—Means Industries and Burgess Norton—to form the Amsted Automotive Group (AAG). —Stephen Smith, Chairman, President and CEO, Amsted Industries.

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