News Roundup: 03/17 – 03/23


Headlines and links from all the news, including things we didn’t cover in depth here on this past week. Follow the links for more on each.

European Parliament Adopts Euro 7 Emissions Regulations
The European Parliament has adopted new Euro 7 regulations for type-approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles. The new standards require longer emissions lifespans for most vehicles. The regulations replace current Euro 6 limits.

Solvay, Carester Form Strategic Partnership In Rare Earth Permanent Magnets
Solvay and Carester have signed a memorandum of understanding for a strategic partnership aimed at manufacturing options in the rare earth industry. This creates a European value chain between the two companies.

POSCO Intl Expanding Global Production of Traction Motor Cores
POSCO International will begin building a new traction motor core plant in Poland and a second plant in Mexico with the goal of producing 7 million traction motor cores by 2030.

Albermarle, BMW Group Enter Multi-Year Lithium Hydroxide Supply Agreement
Albermarle Corporation has announced an agreement with BMW Group to deliver battery-grade lithium. The multi-year agreement takes effect in 2025 and includes battery research cooperation as well.

Nissan, Mitsubishi To Explore Next-Generation Mobility and Energy-Related Services
Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Corporation have signed a memorandum to explore a new joint initiative in next-generation mobility and energy-related services around electric vehicles.

VinFast Launching Global EV Charging Stations Company: V-Green
V-Green, will be VinFast’s electric vehicle charging arm, investing in the development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure system that prioritizes VinFast vehicles. The company will operate globally.

Audi Q6 e-tron Enters Production On New PPE
Audi’s new Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which was co-developed with Porsche, underpins the new-generation Q6 e-tron. It will soon be the basis for several electric vehicles from the company.

GILLIG To Supply Up To 395 Battery-Electric Buses to King County Metro
A new five-year contract has GILLIG supplying King County Metro, in Washington State, with 89 Low Floor Battery Electric models and up to 306 more over the contract’s span.

Stellantis Joins CARB Partnership
Stellantis, who long held out against the California Air Resources Board for what they called dirty dealing, has made a commitment to zero-emissions technology and charging infrastructure investment with CARB.

ZAPBATT Launches System With Toshiba’s Lithium Titanium Oxide Tech
ZAPBATT has launched its new Battery Operating System (bOS) for Toshiba’s Battery SCiB Lithium Titanium Oxide (LTO) chemistry. The lifecycle control software is compatible with any SCiB LTO batteries from Toshiba in a variety of applications.

DOE Revises Value for Petroleum Equivalency For EVs
The Department of Energy has published a final rule that revises regulations for procedures calculating the value of petroleum-equivalent fuel economy in electric vehicles. The petroleum-equivalency factor (PEF) is used in calculating light-duty vehicle compliance with Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

Mercedes-Benz GLC PHEV To Join U.S. Product Range
Mercedes-Benz USA has announced that the plug-in hybrid GLC sport utility will enter the U.S. market later this year.

EPA Issues Final Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for 2027+ Model Year Vehicles
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its final ruling for pollution standards for new vehicles of model year 2027 and later. The regulations focus on carbon dioxide emissions targets for cars, trucks, and light-duty vehicles overall.

Isuzu Unveils D-MAX Electric Pickup Truck
Isuzu Motors will unveil its first battery-electric pickup truck, the D-MAX one-ton pickup. It will enter the European market in 2025.

ABB E-Mobility, MAN Demonstrate Prototype Megawatt Charging of eTruck
ABB E-Mobility and MAN Truck & Bus have conducted a demonstration of a prototype of the Megawatt Charging System (MCS) on a MAN eTruck. Charging was more than 700 kW and 1,000 A at an MCS charging station.

BMW Shows Concept Neue Klasse SAV
The future of X models, BMW’s Vision Vehicle gives a first look at the Neue Klass as a sport activity vehicle (SAV). BMW says this is a look at what will be the first fully-electric SAV to be derived from the new architecture.


EVgo Opens 1st Public Fast Charging Site via Prefab Approach
EVgo has opened its first public fast charging station utilizing its new prefabrication approach. Located in League City, Texas, the EVgo station was launched with prefabricated design and setup, saving about 15 percent in costs.

Volkswagen Unveils ID. Buzz GTX with AWD
Volkswagen has presented the new ID. Buzz GTX van with 4Motion all-wheel drive as standard. The GTX can be configured as a 5, 6, or 7 seat interior with either of two wheelbases.

Cologne Puts In Another Order for Hydrogen-Powered Solaris Buses
Bringing its hydrogen-based fleet of buses to 84 units, the city of Cologne in Germany has put in an order for 20 more hydrogen-fueled buses from Solaris. Nine Urbino 12 12-meter buses and eleven Urbino 18 articulated buses have been ordered to add to the current fleet.