News Roundup: 12/3-12/9


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.

Toyota To Establish Hydrogen Factory Europe
Toyota Motor Europe will establish Hydrogen Factory Europe to ensure a coordinated approach to the commercialization of hydrogen technology and systems. From development to production, the HFE business will be responsible for European operations.

IRS Releases Proposed Guidance for Clean Vehicles in IRA
Over a year after the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was passed into law, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making for commentary on a key portion of the IRA.

Toyota Introduces PROACE MAX Van In Europe With EV Option
Toyota is introducing its first large-sized commercial van offering in Europe. The PROACE MAX joins an expanded PROACE family of vehicles and includes a battery-electric option.

Staubli Complets First North American Mechanized Port EV Charging System
Staubli Electrical Connectors and its partners have completed its first automated charging connections for EV charging for 33 terminal tractors at the Port of Long Beach, California.

Hitachi Unveils Hydrogen Power Generation Demonstration Unit
Hitachi Energy has unveiled the HyFlex demonstration unit in Sweden. The unit is an integrated and scalable plug-and-play generator for temporary or permanent installation. It’s designed to be placed where internal combustion generators would not be an option and where grid connections are not available.

NGO T&E Finds EU Market Automakers Have Less Than 1/5 Of Resources Needed
Carmakers in the European market have secured less than one-fifth of the key battery materials that will be needed to go all-electric by 2030. That’s according to a study of publicly-disclosed contracts from automakers so far by NGO Transport & Environmental.

IVECO Bus to Supply 140 Electric Buses to QBUZZ In the Netherlands
IVECO Bus, an urban and intercity bus brand of Iveco Group, has received an order for 140 battery-electric buses from QBUZZ. QBUZZ is a public transport operator in Zuid-Holland Noord area of the Netherlands.

THK Unveils Advanced Technology EV Prototype
THK, a Japanese technology company, has unveiled its advanced LSR-05 electric car prototype at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show. The LSR-05 is a fully-functional prototype developed to highlight what THK can accomplish.

Pilot Travel Centers and EVgo Open First Charging Stations
In collaboration with EVgo, Pilot Travel Centers has opened its first 17 locations of a national electric vehicle fast charging stations nationally. The network is now in 13 states and provides a safe charging place for EV owners to use while traveling.

Over Half of EVs In Consumer Reports Highway Range Tests Don’t Meet EPA Claims
The advertised ranges of most electric vehicles vary greatly from real-world testing, says Consumer Reports. In a test of 22 of the most popular electric vehicles on the market, CR’s highway speed range test found that over half failed to meet EPA claims for range. Some by large margins.

Symbio Will Make Fuel Cells for Ram Truck In New Factory
Symbio, a joint venture between Forvia, Michelin, and Stellantis, has inaugurated its first fuel cell gigafactory called SymphonHy. Located in Saint-Fons, France, the factory is now the largest integrated fuel cell production site in Europe. 

GM, Autocar Collaborate on Zero-Tailpipe Emissions Commercial Vehicles
General Motors will supply Autocar with HYDROTEC fuel cells to electrify vocational vehicles such as cement mixers and terminal tractors. The joint development agreement combines the hydrogen power cube expertise of GM and the vocational vehicles designs of Autocar.


Stellantis, Ample Establish Partnership for Battery Swapping
The partnership between Stellantis and Ample will give the automaker access to Ample’s charging and battery swapping technologies for development in the European market.

Toyota and Cirba Solutions Announce Agreement for Battery Recycling
Toyota has partnered with Cirba Solutions, an Ohio-based company, for electric vehicle battery collection, storage, testing, and processing for reuse or recycling. This expands Toyota’s battery recycling network in North America as part of its zero-emissions goals.

Stellantis Accusing California of Cheating in Regulatory Scheme
Stellantis has filed a petition accusing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) of retaliating against the company via an “underground regulatory scheme” that put the automaker at a competitive disadvantage.

Ford, Resideo Exploring V2H Management
Ford and Residio Technologies have announced a joint simulation project designed to explore vehicle-to-home energy management. The EV-Home Power Partnership will explore, test, and quantify the consumer benefits of pairing bi-directional EV charging with a Residio smart thermostat.