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Haldor Topsoe to build large-scale SOEC electrolyzer manufacturing facility to meet customer needs for green hydrogen
Haldor Topsoe will invest in a manufacturing facility producing highly efficient solid oxide electrolyzers (SOEC) with a total capacity of 500 megawatt per year with the option to expand to 5 gigawatt per year. W...
Industry & environmentalists tell EU the future of shipping fuel is green hydrogen and ammonia
The EU should promote the use of green hydrogen and ammonia by ships as part of its upcoming maritime fuel law, major shipping industry players and environmentalists have told the European Commission. The FuelEU ...
PGM leader Sibanye-Stillwater enters battery metals sector through a partnership with and investment in lithium miner Keliber
International precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater has entered into an investment agreement with Finnish lithium miner Keliber Oy. Keliber’s wholly owned, advanced lithium project, the Keliber projec...
Study shows alkanes can rapidly acquire oxygen atoms in a free radical chain reaction; significant for fuel combustion and air pollution
An international team of researchers has shown that alkanes participate extensively in autoxidation reactions with oxygen molecules. The discovery, which overturns current chemical wisdom, has implications for ai...
Porsche presents two new eBikes
Porsche is expanding its range of e-mobility products and introducing two new e-bikes to the market. The roadworthy features of the Porsche eBike Sport make it suited for everyday life, while the Porsche eBike Cr...
DOE announces $115M SBIR/STTR FOA for small businesses for clean energy R&D
The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a $115-million funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0002381) for FY2021 Phase II Release 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Tran...
3-row Grand Cherokee priced to fight any rival
The Grand Cherokee L will jump into the hotly contested three-row segment with a range of prices spanning more than $20,000 as it takes on a broad spectrum of rivals.
Increased variety of EVs boosts industry's recovery
EV sales rose 34 percent last month, according to Morgan Stanley, while overall sales for the seven automakers that reported February results declined 9.3 percent.
Automaking is only part of GM CEO's vision
GM's reach into insurance, robotaxis and electric delivery vans is part of a broader strategy to stretch what's typically a one-time transaction into a wider profit net over the lifetime of the vehicle.
Tesla Doubling Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta Testers Now, 10x Increase Soon
Elon Musk finds demand high and announced a "Download Beta" button in the Service section of the car display within about 10 days.
SNE Research: Global xEV Battery Market Nearly Doubles In January 2021
CATL leaves LG Chem's LG Energy Solution and Panasonic in the dust.
Global Passenger xEV Battery Market Grows 60% Quicker Than xEV Sales
Out of the 92.5 GWh deployed in passenger xEVs globally in H2 2020, 88% falls on BEVs.
Norway: PHEVs Drive Plug-In Car Sales Up In February 2021
Audi e-tron is the top selling all-electric model, but where is the Volkswagen ID.3?
Vinfast And ProLogium Hint At JV To Produce Solid-State Battery Packs
ProLogium intends to expand manufacturing capacity of SSB to 1-2 GWh annually in 2022.
Effectiveness Of UK Electric Car Grants In Doubt
So far, the scheme has cost the taxpayer £1 billion.
SpaceX's Starlink Internet Service: First Reports From Users
This service could eventually be life-changing for millions of people.
Volkswagen ID.4 (82 kWh) In-Depth DC Fast Charging Analysis
Let's take a look at the test results, range replenishing rate and comparison with the ID.3.
Watch A BMW iX3 Perform The Swedish Moose Test
How stable is the Chinese-made iX3?
Sorento Hybrid and ID.4 reviewed, Taycan Cross Turismo and C40 Recharge revealed: The Week in Reverse
What’s the lowest lease price in the U.S. for a new electric car? Which upcoming U.S.-made electric SUV will be built alongside a hybrid version? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right her...
Fleet Management
List Of EV Companies, Battery Makers, And Tech Providers Going Public This Year
The industry for electric vehicles is attracting major investments fueling competition and growing EV model options.
List Of EV Companies, Battery Makers, And Tech Providers Going Public This Year
The industry for electric vehicles is attracting major investments fueling competition and growing EV model options.
Government urged to introduce clean air zones “as quickly as possible”
The Government has been urged to implement CAZs as quickly as possible after the UK was ruled to “systematically and persistently” exceed legal limits for nitrogen dioxide.
Stellantis appoints Alison Jones as country manager UK
Stellantis has appointed Alison Jones as country manager UK and senior vice-president for Peugeot, Citroen, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Abarth, Jeep and Alfa Romeo.
Drive launches ODO EV transition tool with Masternaut
Drive Software Solutions has launched an electric vehicle transition planning tool to accelerate the transition to greener fleets.
All manufacturers accused of cheating on diesel emissions tests
Harcus Parker issues class action lawsuits on diesels sold between 2009 and 2018.
Commercial Fleet Sales Down 13.9% in February
Total fleet sales for the month — which is comprised of commercial, rental, and government sales — came in at 178,252, which represented a 36% drop from the same time last year. 
Which Truck Models Last Over 200k Miles?
A comprehensive data analysis of passenger cars and pickup trucks from iSeeCars found that heavy-duty pickup models last twice as long as light-duty models — yet two truck-based SUVs last longer. Which models too...
Microchip Shortage Extends Production Delays at Three GM Assembly Plants
General Motors said it has not taken downtime or reduced shifts at any of its truck plants due to the shortage.
Microchip Shortage Extends Production Delays at Three GM Assembly Plants
General Motors said it has not taken downtime or reduced shifts at any of its truck plants due to the shortage.
A New Guide On How To Electrify Fleets
The fast charging network EVgo releases a step-by-step document that details ways to overcome barriers and establish the best practices for success.
A New Guide On How To Electrify Fleets
The fast charging network EVgo releases a step-by-step document that details ways to overcome barriers and establish the best practices for success.
Diesel Prices on the Rise, Hit $3.07
This uptick continues the rising trend we have seen since early November 2020, and has finally eclipsed prices same time last year.
WIFM Marks 10-year Milestone
The group, created and developed by and for women in the fleet industry, has given women “the voice that was missing” and spotlighted their accomplishments.
Several 2021 Nissan Vehicles Achieve IIHS Safety Honors
All models feature Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard equipment, which is the automaker's comprehensive system of safety tech.
CMA electric vehicle charging investigation shifts focus
The Competition and Markets Authority investigation into electric vehicle (EV) charging has shifted its focus to ultra-rapid chargers and on-street charging.
Trucking
Ex-DOT Official Finch Fulton Joins Locomation
Locomation hired former U.S. Department of Transportation official Finch Fulton to serve as its vice president of policy and strategy.
BAE Systems Equips Vancouver Buses with Electric Propulsion Systems
Fifteen public buses in Vancouver, Canada, will be fitted with BAE Systems’ all-electric propulsion system, allowing them to run emissions-free. The fleet is the first in North America to benefit from the next-ge...
Big G Express Announces 6th Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride
Over-the-road trucking company Big G Express announced plans to hold its sixth annual motorcycle ride benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on June 5.
Oil Soars Above $66, Highest in Two Years
Oil rallied to the highest in nearly two years in New York after OPEC+ shocked markets with a decision to keep supply limited as the global economy starts to recover from the pandemic-driven slump.
CVSA Cancels North American Inspectors Championship in Minnesota
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has canceled this year’s North American Inspectors Championship, which had been scheduled to take place in August in Minneapolis, the trade group announced March 5.
Freight Economy Among Priorities of California’s Long-Term Plan
Improving freight movement in support of a strong economy is one of the priorities listed in the California Department of Transportation’s long-range transportation plan.
US Senators Introduce Flood Detection Bill
A group of senators recently introduced legislation that would establish a National Integrated Flood Information System.
Commercial Vehicle Group Partners With Xos
Commercial Vehicle Group announced a partnership with commercial electric vehicle manufacturer Xos Inc. to develop sustainability initiatives intended to champion innovation and solutions for growing macro-trends...
Biden Attempts Bipartisan Push for Infrastructure Package
President Joe Biden tried to maintain bipartisan momentum for a new infrastructure program by meeting March 4 with Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House.
Penske Agrees to Acquire Kansas City Freightliner
Penske Automotive Group Inc. announced it entered into an agreement to acquire Kansas City Freightliner, a retailer of medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks.
Dems Trim Jobless Benefits, Senate Debates Virus Relief Bill
Democrats agreed March 5 to pare back emergency jobless benefits but extend them for an extra month, bidding to solidify support as the Senate approached a voting marathon on a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.
Export Boom Drives Canada’s Largest Trade Surplus Since 2014
Canada’s trade sector unexpectedly recorded its largest surplus in more than six years on across-the-board increases in exports.
Transport Topics Radio
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NSC Data Reveals More Motor Vehicle Deaths, Fewer Miles Driven in 2020
Despite a decrease in miles driven during 2020, motor vehicle-related deaths were the highest they have been in 13 years, according to estimates from the National Safety Council.
US Adds a Strong 379,000 Jobs in Hopeful Sign for Economy
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a robust 379,000 jobs last month, the most since October and a sign that the economy is strengthening as confirmed viral cases drop, consumers spend more and states and cities ea...
US Trade Deficit Rises 1.9% in January
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The U.S. trade deficit rose 1.9% in January as the coronavirus pandemic continued to disrupt global commerce.
Volkswagen Brand Doubles EV Share Target
Volkswagen AG’s main brand doubled its forecast for the share of purely battery-powered cars in Europe to 70% by the end of the decade, signaling it expects to be delivering well more than 1 million EVs a year by...
ATA, Road Safe America Join in Speed Limiter Regulation Letter
American Trucking Associations and safety group Road Safe America have sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg outlining their support for guidelines for speed limiters for policymakers in Congre...
New Mexico Takes Steps Toward Embracing Autonomous Vehicles
New Mexico legislators have introduced a bill that one says would set up in statute the authority to regulate and give guidance to the emerging autonomous vehicles industry.
Heavy-Duty Repair Shops Report Drop in Revenue Due to Pandemic
A majority of heavy-duty repair shops saw a significant drop in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, a new report found.
Automotive News
3-row Grand Cherokee priced to fight any rival
The Grand Cherokee L will jump into the hotly contested three-row segment with a range of prices spanning more than $20,000 as it takes on a broad spectrum of rivals.
Increased variety of EVs boosts industry's recovery
EV sales rose 34 percent last month, according to Morgan Stanley, while overall sales for the seven automakers that reported February results declined 9.3 percent.
Automaking is only part of GM CEO's vision
GM's reach into insurance, robotaxis and electric delivery vans is part of a broader strategy to stretch what's typically a one-time transaction into a wider profit net over the lifetime of the vehicle.
Electric Vehicles
Tesla Doubling Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta Testers Now, 10x Increase Soon
Elon Musk finds demand high and announced a "Download Beta" button in the Service section of the car display within about 10 days.
SNE Research: Global xEV Battery Market Nearly Doubles In January 2021
CATL leaves LG Chem's LG Energy Solution and Panasonic in the dust.
Global Passenger xEV Battery Market Grows 60% Quicker Than xEV Sales
Out of the 92.5 GWh deployed in passenger xEVs globally in H2 2020, 88% falls on BEVs.
Norway: PHEVs Drive Plug-In Car Sales Up In February 2021
Audi e-tron is the top selling all-electric model, but where is the Volkswagen ID.3?
Vinfast And ProLogium Hint At JV To Produce Solid-State Battery Packs
ProLogium intends to expand manufacturing capacity of SSB to 1-2 GWh annually in 2022.
Effectiveness Of UK Electric Car Grants In Doubt
So far, the scheme has cost the taxpayer £1 billion.
SpaceX's Starlink Internet Service: First Reports From Users
This service could eventually be life-changing for millions of people.
Volkswagen ID.4 (82 kWh) In-Depth DC Fast Charging Analysis
Let's take a look at the test results, range replenishing rate and comparison with the ID.3.
Watch A BMW iX3 Perform The Swedish Moose Test
How stable is the Chinese-made iX3?
This Rivian R1T Extended Cab Long Bed Truck Rendering Looks Sleek
A Rivian extended cab truck is likely in the works but until then, enjoy this rendering.
Review: The Grizzl-E, A Tough 40-Amp EV Home Charger Built For The Outdoors
Our top-rated non-smart charger, the Grizzl-E, gets put to the test to see just how good it is.
Arrival Unveils Electric Van With Over 200 Miles Of Range
Public road trials to start this summer, while production is expected in 2022.
LG Chem And SK Innovation Clash: U.S. ITC Criticized Ford
Ford was criticized for pursuing battery contracts with SK Innovation "after evidence had emerged." VW wanted at least a 4-year extension.
Check Out This Convertible Porsche Taycan Render
Don’t miss the rendering for a possible Sport Turismo shooting brake inside.
Mazda MX-30 Cold Weather 70 MPH Range Test
The MX-30 has trouble achieving its WLTP claimed range even in ideal conditions, so you can imagine how winter affected it...
2026 Volkswagen Trinity Will Present SSP – Scalable Systems Platform
It is a flagship project for an affordable car.
Largest Tesla Supercharger V3 Station Approved For Santa Monica
Following long discussions and plenty of objections, Tesla will move forward with the two-facility 62-stall Supercharger site.
Vehicle Emissions
Green Transportation Summit & Expo
The 10th annual GTSE is the region's premier clean transportation mecca. This year's conference breaks into new space with the inclusion of the EPA's West Coast Collaborative Partner's Meeting focusing on heavy-d...
Haldor Topsoe to build large-scale SOEC electrolyzer manufacturing facility to meet customer needs for green hydrogen
Haldor Topsoe will invest in a manufacturing facility producing highly efficient solid oxide electrolyzers (SOEC) with a total capacity of 500 megawatt per year with the option to expand to 5 gigawatt per year. W...
Industry & environmentalists tell EU the future of shipping fuel is green hydrogen and ammonia
The EU should promote the use of green hydrogen and ammonia by ships as part of its upcoming maritime fuel law, major shipping industry players and environmentalists have told the European Commission. The FuelEU ...
PGM leader Sibanye-Stillwater enters battery metals sector through a partnership with and investment in lithium miner Keliber
International precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater has entered into an investment agreement with Finnish lithium miner Keliber Oy. Keliber’s wholly owned, advanced lithium project, the Keliber projec...
Study shows alkanes can rapidly acquire oxygen atoms in a free radical chain reaction; significant for fuel combustion and air pollution
An international team of researchers has shown that alkanes participate extensively in autoxidation reactions with oxygen molecules. The discovery, which overturns current chemical wisdom, has implications for ai...
Porsche presents two new eBikes
Porsche is expanding its range of e-mobility products and introducing two new e-bikes to the market. The roadworthy features of the Porsche eBike Sport make it suited for everyday life, while the Porsche eBike Cr...
DOE announces $115M SBIR/STTR FOA for small businesses for clean energy R&D
The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a $115-million funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0002381) for FY2021 Phase II Release 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Tran...
Sorento Hybrid and ID.4 reviewed, Taycan Cross Turismo and C40 Recharge revealed: The Week in Reverse
What’s the lowest lease price in the U.S. for a new electric car? Which upcoming U.S.-made electric SUV will be built alongside a hybrid version? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right her...
Eastern Pacific Shipping, OCI & MAN partner to develop methanol & ammonia as marine fuels; retrofits and newbuilds
Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with OCI N.V. (OCI) and MAN Energy Solutions (MAN) to develop methanol and ammonia as marine fuels to support industry-wide decarbonizatio...
Mercedes-Benz transforming Stuttgart-Untertürkheim for “Electric First” future Drive Systems Campus
Mercedes-Benz is transforming its Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems unit and its Stuttgart-Untertürkheim site for an “Electric First” future in the context of Ambition 2039—the company’s path toward carbon neutrality. ...
Volkswagen picks up pace of transformation with new ACCELERATE strategy
Volkswagen is accelerating its transformation into a software-driven mobility provider. With the new ACCELERATE strategy that it has just unveiled, the company will systematically prepare for the profound changes...
Volkswagen previews “Project Trinity” EV; coming in 2026
Volkswagen gave a first design preview of Project Trinity. The electrically powered sedan is to be built in Wolfsburg from 2026 and is intended to set new standards in terms of range, charging speed and digitizat...
Skeleton Technologies to partner with Marubeni to bring its graphene SuperBattery to Asian automotive market
Skeleton Technologies, the largest European manufacturer of ultracapacitors, and Marubeni Corporation, one of Japan’s largest conglomerates with more than €50 billion of annual revenue, signed a strategic coopera...
DOE to award up to $24M to advance direct air carbon capture technology
The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $24 million for research into technology that captures carbon emissions directly from the air, replicating the way plants and trees absorb CO2. (DE-FOA-0002481) ...
2021 VW ID.4: 5 hits and misses, up close with the electric car for the masses
It’s almost here. For Americans, the ID.4 is the first of a generation of electric cars that Volkswagen has said is “for millions, non millionaires.” And it’s the first Volkswagen EV that ...
Study: Shift to electric trucks and buses could save 57,000 lives
Electric cars get the most attention, but passenger vehicles aren't the only vehicles on the road. A shift to electric trucks and buses in urban areas could prevent more than 57,000 premature deaths by 2050, acco...
Startup Ample aims to revive vision of large-scale EV battery swapping
A California-based startup hopes to succeed where many have failed, and finally implement large-scale EV battery swapping. After seven years of development work, Ample is ready to release a battery-swapping syste...
Deep-sea battery metal developer DeepGreen going public with SPAC to become $2.9B (equity value) The Metals Company
DeepGreen Metals Inc., a developer of lower-impact battery metals from unattached seafloor polymetallic nodules (earlier post), has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Sustainable Opport...
SK Group to invest $16.4B to create hydrogen production-distribution-consumption ecosystem by 2025
Korea-based SK Group will invest about 18 trillion won (US$16.4 billion) over the next five years to create a domestic hydrogen ecosystem—production, distribution, and consumption—through creation of domestic hyd...
Air Force contracts LiquidPiston to adapt its rotary X-Engine technology for hybrid-electric propulsion for UAS and orbs
LiquidPiston, Inc., a developer of advanced rotary internal combustion engines, has adapted its X-Engine technology for the United States Air Force to use in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as well as “orbs”—urban ...
Alternative Fuels
Washington House passes bill to establish Clean Fuels Standard
The Washington House of Representatives on Feb. 27 voted 52 to 46 to pass H.B. 1091, a bill that aims to establish a state-wide Clean Fuels Standard. The legislation is currently pending in the Washington Senate.
Record cold temps no problem for ADM trucks running on B100
Temperatures that plunged as low as negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit in Central Illinois were no trouble for a fleet of ADM trucks that ran more than 23,500 trouble-free miles on sustainable B100 biodiesel in Febru...
Loop Energy fuel cell company lists publicly on the Toronto Stock Exchange
This makes the business one of only three publicly traded North American H2 companies. Just as interest in investing in…
South Korean giants make $38.2 billion hydrogen fuel investment
Five conglomerates invested 43 trillion won to achieve a hydrogen economy by 2030. Five major conglomerates in South Korea have…
Calumet to bring on equity investor for renewable diesel project
Representatives of Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. discussed the company’s plan to produce renewable diesel at its existing petroleum refinery in Great Falls, Montana, during a fourth quarter earnings ca...
Oil groups urge Supreme Court to overturn SRE ruling
Several groups representing oil refining interests filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in late February and early March urging the court to overturn the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals January 2020 rul...
UK charges former biodiesel trader with fraud, money laundering
The U.K. Serious Fraud Office on Feb. 25 announced it has charged biodiesel trader Gianni Rivera with fraud and money laundering in connection with an investigation launched in December 2018 concerning the sustai...
Streamlined Trunk-Bus Architecture Accelerates Solar Farm Installation
Introduction A Midwestern solar farm is seeing a significant boost in efficiency thanks to TE Connectivity’s (TE) Customizable Trunk Solution,…
Canadian team investigates plant based hydrogen fuel cell components
The Quebec-based researchers are seeking to use the country’s pulp and paper industry byproduct. Researchers from Quebec, Canada, are examining…
Hyzon Motors announces new fuel cell membrane electrode assembly plant in US
The major MEA production line will be headed to Bolingbrook, Illinois and will make FCEV truck parts. Hyzon Motors recently…
EIA: Biodiesel production at 1.817 billion gallons in 2020
U.S. biodiesel production reached 159 million gallons in December 2020, up 151 million gallons the previous month and up from 133 million gallons in December 2019, according to data released by the U.S. Energy In...
Biofuel infrastructure, GHG modeling bills introduced in House
Co-chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus on March 3 introduced two pieces of legislation that aim to expand access to higher biofuel blends and fully recognize the environmental benefits of renewable fuels.
Neste completes acquisition of Bunge’s refinery plant in Rotterda
Neste has announced its previously announced acquisition of Bunge Loders Croklaan's refinery plant in Rotterdam closed March 1. Neste will modify the facility to pretreat feedstock for renewable diesel production.
Shell to pursue renewable aviation fuel at its existing German hydrogen facility
The company intends to use its Rhineland refinery’s Wesseling section for this new purpose. Royal Dutch Shell is making moves…
Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel car drives onto Californian roads for the first time
The first of the latest generation of the vehicle has debuted in Lancaster through a partnership. The first of the…
CLEAN Future Act includes RFS, renewable energy provisions
House Committee on Energy and Commerce democrats on March 2 introduced the CELAN Future Act, which sets a goal to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. The bill includes provisions related to the RFS and bioene...
Bill funds tax credit that could benefit biofuel, CCS projects
Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., on March 1 introduced the American Jobs in Energy Manufacturing Act of 2021, which aims to incentivize domestic manufacturing of advanced energy technologies.
INEOS and Engie begin hydrogen fuel transition away from natural gas in Belgium
The chemicals company and energy giant will begin with a 10 percent H2 blend at an industrial plant. Belgium is…
Asian hydrogen economy gets a boost in Plug Power and SK Group deal
The $1.6 million agreement between the two companies will speed up H2 as an alternative energy source. Plug Power and…
Nuvera Boosts Fuel Cell Engine Test Capabilities
Billerica, Massachusetts, USA and Milan, Italy — Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions for motive…
Gasoline and Diesel Fuels
Have Oil Majors Given Up On French Guiana?
A tiny remaining bastion of France’s former colonial empire, French Guiana in northeastern South America, was once thought to possess tremendous petroleum potential which could spark a Guyana-sized petroleum boom...
Are Chinese Car Brands A Real Threat To Tesla?
While China turns to local brands of EV over Tesla, Indonesia’s natural resources show great potential for its battery manufacturing industry. Asia is starting to look like it may overtake the U.S. and Europe in ...
Launching The World’s Largest Carbon Credit System
Late last year, in a shockingly ambitious pledge, Chinese president Xi Jinping announced that his country would reach peak domestic greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade and that China would bring its...
Iran Doubles Down On Oil Industry Research And Development
The Iranian Oil Ministry has stated plans to work with universities and research centres to develop 42 major oil projects.  According to Saeed Mohammadi, Deputy Oil Minister for engineering, research and technolo...
Baker Hughes Rig Count Shows Slight USA Gain
The U.S. rotary rig count increased by one this week.
Oil Price Forecast Significantly Bumped and More
Here are some of Rigzone's top upstream stories during the last week, just in case you missed them...
Surprise OPEC+ Cuts Rollover Depresses Already Weak Oil Tanker Market
Oil tanker owners and shipbrokers are set to suffer longer than expected from the massive OPEC+ production cuts after the coalition surprised the oil and tanker markets on Thursday by deciding to keep oil product...
Light Crude Advances 7.5% for the Week
Oil rallied to the highest in nearly two years in New York.
Oil Flirts With $70 After The OPEC+ Surprise
Brent is now flirting with the $70 mark after OPEC+ shocked markets once again by refusing to bring more oil production online.In this week's Global Energy Alert, our trading team delves into how an inflationary ...
Offshore Oil & Gas Projects Set For Record Recovery
Operators are expected to commit to developing a record number of offshore oil and gas projects over the next five years, with deepwater projects set for the most impressive growth, Rystad Energy said in a new re...
Oilfield Services Stocks Show Resiliency
Here is a recap oil and gas market hits and misses for the week ending March 5, 2021.
New Factory Could Reduce Green Hydrogen Costs By 20%
Danish catalyst manufacturer Haldor Topsoe plans to build a large-scale facility to manufacture electrolyzers that would be used for green hydrogen production and potentially reduce the cost of green hydrogen by ...
U.S. Oil Rig Count Sees Tiny Increase Amid Oil Price Rally
Baker Hughes reported on Friday that the number of oil and gas rigs in the United States rose by 1 this week. The total number of active oil and gas rigs in the U.S. is now at 403—or 390 fewer than this time last...
The Largest Oil Lobby In America Is Now Backing A Carbon Tax
The American Petroleum Institute (API) now advocates a carbon tax? We had to read the API’s press release twice to make sure we were reading correctly. Whatever else this accomplished we believe at the very least...
India: OPEC+ Decision Could Derail Oil Demand Recovery
The world’s third-largest oil importer, India, is concerned that Thursday’s OPEC+ decision not to lift oil production in April could hurt the consumption-led recovery in oil demand, Indian Petroleum Minister Dhar...
U.S. Refiners Hit With Lower Fuel Demand From Key Markets
The pandemic may be receding in some parts of the world, but it is still ravaging Mexico and Brazil, presenting another challenge to U.S. refiners as the two countries are among their key export markets. Bloomber...
Saudis Bet Against Return of USA Shale Glory Days
Saudi Arabia just made a high-stakes wager against "drill, baby, drill."
Oil Rally Continues As OPEC+ Leaves Production Levels Unchanged
Oil prices extended Thursday’s 5-percent gain into Friday, with both benchmarks rallying by another 3 percent on Friday morning in the wake of the OPEC+ decision to leave production levels unchanged through April...
China To Cut Energy Intensity By 3% This Year
China will reduce the amount of energy it uses to expand its economy by 3 percent this year as part of efforts to hit emission reduction targets set earlier, Reuters reports, citing a statement by Premier Li Keqi...
Oil Market Even Tighter As 500,000 Bpd Come Offline In Canada
Maintenance at three oil sands upgraders in Canada will take off some 500,000 bpd in production offline, helping tighten supply amid a price rally, Bloomberg reports. Canadian Natural Resources, Suncor Energy, an...
Public Organization
Green Transportation Summit & Expo
The 10th annual GTSE is the region's premier clean transportation mecca. This year's conference breaks into new space with the inclusion of the EPA's West Coast Collaborative Partner's Meeting focusing on heavy-d...
Cold weather brings near record-high natural gas spot prices
Natural gas spot prices at several trading hubs approached their record highs briefly during the week of February 14 amid significantly colder-than-normal weather that affected most of the Lower 48 states. The co...
Thanks to Our Most Loyal Supporters!
This year ATRI celebrates 20 years of providing critical research to address the trucking industry’s top issues. Since our reorganization into ATRI in 2001, the Institute has relied on charitable contributio...
Texas and Florida had large small-scale solar capacity increases in 2020
TAs of December 2020, the states with the most small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity were California (10.6 gigawatts (GW)), New Jersey (1.9 GW), and Massachusetts (1.8 GW). Of the 4.5 GW of small-scale sol...
U.S. crude oil production in 2020 fell for first time since 2016 (3/3/2021)
Crude oil production in the United States increased in 8 of the past 10 years. In 2020, however, responses to COVID-19 contributed to the rapid decline in demand for refined petroleum products. As a result, crude...
The United States installed more wind turbine capacity in 2020 than in any other year
In both 2019 and 2020, project developers in the United States installed more wind power capacity than any other generating technology. According to data recently published by the U.S. Energy Information Administ...
Annual U.S. natural gas production decreased by 1% in 2020
U.S. natural gas production—as measured by gross withdrawals—averaged 111.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2020, down 0.9 billion Bcf/d from 2019 as result of a decline in drilling activity related to low ...
Data For 03/01/21
Summary Excerpt: Regular Gasoline Retail Price (Dollars per Gallon) 2.711 .. U.S. 2.652 ... East Coast 2.642 .... New England 2.811 .... Central Atlantic 2.555 .... Lower Atlantic 2.662 ... Midwest 2.411 ... Gulf...
Cold weather led to refinery shutdowns in U.S. Gulf Coast region
The cold snap that affected much of the central part of the country in mid-February disrupted energy systems, particularly in and around Texas. In the U.S. Gulf Coast, where the petroleum infrastructure has rarel...
Cold weather results in near-record withdrawals from underground natural gas storage
Significant demand for natural gas in mid-February led to the second-largest reported withdrawal of natural gas from storage in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) W...
Power outages disrupt Midcontinent and Gulf Coast petroleum markets (2/24/2021)
Beginning February 13, 2021, a major winter weather system characterized by extreme cold spread across much of the Central United States, disrupting energy systems and causing serious health and safety issues. Th...
ATRI Releases Annual List of Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, February 24, 2021Contact: Rebecca Brewster (770) 432-0628 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most ...
Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks – 2021
Since 2002, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has collected and processed truck GPS data in support of numerous U.S. DOT freight mobility initiatives. Using truck GPS data from over 1 million ...
Ethanol and biomass-based diesel RIN prices approaching all-time highs (2/18/2021)
The prices of renewable identification number (RIN) credits—the compliance mechanisms used for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—have been st...
EIA forecasts the United States will return to being a net petroleum importer in 2021 and 2022 (2/10/2021)
More petroleum (including crude oil and refined products) was exported from the United States in 2020 than was imported. U.S. net imports (gross imports minus gross exports) of petroleum declined from 670,000 bar...
ATRI Announces 2021-2022 Research Advisory Committee Members
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Carla Rose(770) 432-0628 December 7, 2020 ARLINGTON, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute today released the names of those individuals appointed by the ATRI Boa...
ATRI’s Newest Operational Costs of Trucking Details Decreases in Industry Costs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Daniel Murray(651) 641-6162November 24, 2020 Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute today released the findings of its 2020 update to “An Analysis of th...
Brenda Neville Appointed to ATRI Board of Directors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Rebecca Brewster(404) 247-8787November 2, 2020 Iowa Motor Truck Association President and Chief Executive Officer Brenda Neville has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the A...
Climate
BP's oil exploration team swept aside in climate revolution
BP and winds of change the company is investing in offshore wind off the Lancashire and North West of England Offshore Wind and the opportunity for the Northern Powerhouse   Click headline for full...
Upward trend in power prices
Upward trend in power pricesFrom the data published by the National System Operator, I came up with the table that shows the position of the reservoirs of our hydroelectric plants, which represent about 70% of th...
We may never learn the truth about the Texas blackout
The reasons for the grid collapse are now a matter of intense debate. In the absence of detailed data the debate is mostly over general statistics, which do not establish causality.For example:Frozen wind turbine...
NTIA SBOM Proof of Concept for the energy industry
REA is planning to participate in the Energy SBOM Proof of Concept being planned by the NTIA. Looking forward to seeing others participate in the very important and promising initiative to improve software supply...
The Postal Service’s Gas-guzzling New Mail Truck: Electric Versions May Be Closer Than They Appear
Dorothy Robyn Senior Fellow, ISE Public Policy Expert The sooner Congress signals—with its wallet—that the future NGDV is electric, the better. Clean energy advocates reacted angrily last week when the U.S. Posta...
Natural Gas Performed Heroically In Texas, Until It Didn’t
In a recent article for WIRED — The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather — I detailed some of the primary causes behind the recent power outages in Texas. One aspect I didn’t cover in that article ...
NTIA SBOM Proof of Concept for the energy industry
The next info session on SBOM for the Energy and Bulk Power community will be on March 24, from 12-1pm ET.  This session will focus on lessons learned from software an...
The FHFA Begins to Reckon with Climate Risks to the Housing Market
Yesterday I had the opportunity to offer comments at the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s public listening session on its recently issued Request for Information (RFI) on climate and natural disaster risk to the ...
Germany Settles Nuclear Phaseout Legal Disputes for $2.9B
The German government has agreed to a multibillion-euro compensation deal with major utility firms on Friday over its ongoing nuclear energy phaseout. The majority of the €2.4 billion ($2...
Residential power prices 2020 - BRICS
Residential power prices 2020Brazil lost again - and badly - when the metric is the amount paid for the residential power bill referred to the energy consumed.We are the most expensive among the BRICS!If competit...
How Does Renewable Energy Impact Residential Water Quality?
Out of all the global water sources, the United States has some of the safest water supplies. Many Americans get their water directly from the tap, which is safe for consumption and hygiene purposes. Although wat...
21st Century Energy Transition Symposium
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Asia Pacific Energy Assembly | 20 - 22 April 2021, Online
The Asia Pacific Energy Assembly is the most senior and influential finance and investment meeting for the Asian energy sector. This year, we will bring together decision-makers from across the energy value ...
Seawater electrolysis: well, that's one problem solved
Chemistry World just released this news article about a paper describing an approach that facilitates electrolysis of salty or brackish water. The article quotes a reviewer from the University of G...
US Electric Component Manufacturing on the Rise
Accurate descriptions of the U.S. clean energy market have always required a bit of nuance. Installations of solar panels, wind turbines and energy storage have routinely vaulted the U.S. to the top of global ran...
Weighing in at a slim 981 pages....
The Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act (CLA)You know someone took their time to craft this title, because the short acronym contains a longer acronym.I am just s...
Life on Mars
Some exciting good news came our way these past few weeks - Perseverance, NASA's most ambitious interplanetary rover yet, was slowly lowered to the surface of an ancient lakebed on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18 a...
We Must Urgently Build an Inclusive Science Advocacy Movement
On March 4, 1969, the Union of Concerned Scientists held its first public event at MIT. On that day, UCS founders staged a teach-in with the goal of disrupting teaching and research to give way to a different kin...
Duke Energy Faces Challenges to Its Push for New Natural Gas Plants
Duke Energy’s plan to build gigawatts of new natural gas generators to supply its grid over the next 15 years has already drawn fire from clean energy advocates, who say it violates the utility’s long...
Storage Integrator FlexGen Gains New Leadership at Crucial Time
FlexGen supplied large-scale grid batteries to ERCOT before the energy storage market took off there. Now, the founder has exited and the company has brought on new leaders from the solar startup world to gr...
Safety
U.S. Department of Transportation Sponsors Capitol Christmas Tree During Journey Across the United States
Highlights critical role of commercial trucks during holiday season and reminds public to share the road safely Language English Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes $74 Million in Cost Savings By Reducing Burdensome Rules on the Commercial Buses
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has published a proposed rule to reduce regulatory costs by $74 million per year by...
FMCSA Declares Ohio Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Ohio-licensed commercial driver Gregory Alan Barnhart to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ord...
US Department of Transportation Offers New Resource to Help Military Reservists and Servicemembers Find Jobs in the Trucking Industry
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has published a new job opportunities website to help 18-20-year-olds who possess t...
FMCSA Opens Registration for Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that registration is now open for the Congressionally-mandated Commercial Driver’s License ...
U.S. Department of Transportation Awards Over $77 Million in Grants to Improve Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has awarded $77.3 million in grants to states and educational institutions to enhan...
FMCSA: 5 changes to the HOS rule
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled a proposal on August 14 to revise its hours of service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers. The FMCSA estimates its proposal wou...
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Publishes Hours of Service Proposal to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for Commercial Drivers
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to hours of service (HOS) rules to increa...
Exempt from the Canadian ELD Mandate? Here’s 5 reasons to comply anyways
With the Canadian Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate taking effect in less than two years, details are beginning to surface around who’s going to be affected — and who’s not. Until adopted by any one or more...
Department of Transportation Revises Bus Lease and Interchange Regulations and Reduces Regulatory Costs by Over $8 Million Annually
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule that revises the agency’s regulations governing the lease and interchange of c...
FMCSA Declares Missouri Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Missouri-licensed truck driver Bruce Andrew Pollard to be an imminent hazard to public safety ...
U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes Permanent Crash Preventability Determination Program
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today proposed a permanent crash preventability determination program to gain additional data to recognize ...
Final Canadian ELD Mandate Rules Announced
The final Canadian electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate was announced today by Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau. As expected, the rules state that ELD solution providers must obtain certification from ...
10 Steps to ELD Migration Success
It has almost been a year since the first electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate deadline passed. Many carriers that were able to take advantage of the grandfather clause opted to use automatic onboard recording...
Canadian ELD Mandate Updates
Updated October 16, 2018 The final Canadian ELD Mandate rule is expected to release this year or in the first quarter of 2019 (best guesses). While the full information is still not available, fleets can still ed...
The ELD Mandate: What We’ve Learned So Far
It has been over six months since the first electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate deadline passed. Since then, the FMCSA has granted new exemptions and guidance, and the hard deadline has been enforced. In a re...
Post-ELD Enforcement Date: Regulatory Update
April was a busy month since the hard ELD enforcement date starting April 1. Changes continue to be made in agriculture and tank hauling. CVSA is focused on day-to-day enforcement as well as an Hours of Service e...
ELD Enforcement Starts April 1. Are Your Drivers Prepared?
During the “soft enforcement” period since the ELD Mandate took effect on Dec. 18, drivers caught running without proper ELD equipment, documentation, or training have been written up, but neither they nor the co...
New FMCSA Guidance on AOBRDs
On Friday, March 9, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided an answer in response to requests to extend or exempt certain fleets as it relates to the ELD Mandate grandfather clause....
Debunking the Myth Around ELD and Crossing Borders
There have been many different stories in the trucking business throughout the past six months when it comes to questions of ELD compliance among Canadian and Mexican drivers and trucking companies operating in t...