The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has announced the launch of an international engagement plan to boost nuclear fusion.
The presidential candidate has claimed that the emissions-free technology could become a vital tool in the fight against climate change.
This announcement comes as Kerry defends the United States’ position as a climate-change leader at COP28 after the country had a surge in gas production rates and US oil production is reportedly at an all time high.
“The increased production is a reflection of Ukraine, the effort to come back from Covid and the reflection of what happened with Russia cutting off all the gas to Europe . . . We’re on a pathway to keep 1.5 alive,” said Kerry in an interview with the Financial Times, referring to the goal to limit global warming.
Private fusion energy company TAE Technologies is expressing its support for the plans. As a leading research company in hydrogen-boron fusion, TAE’s non-radioactive approach represents a fast, practical, and economically competitive solution to bring abundant carbon-free energy to the grid.
TAE Technologies CEO Michl Binderbauer said:
“…hydrogen-boron, on the order of just 1% of today’s current boron production could power enough fusion energy to meet the world’s electricity needs. Deployed at scale, this would allow everyone access to affordable, reliable power without damaging the environment or contributing to geopolitical conflict.”
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Emily Yates Chief Innovation Officer at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) spoke to MOVEMNT at the MOVE America conference about women’s safety on public transportation.
Yates works specifically on the cross-overs between data, analytics, and policy at SEPTA and also oversees sustainability, therefore having a huge number of issues to be concerned with in public transport.
Yates mentions the significant concern over women’s safety on public transportation as she states that two-thirds of the people who use the SEPTA services are women. Therefore, women’s safety is a big focus for innovation. Yates discusses the development of live bus location and times via an app which the Authority hope will give more confidence to those using SEPTA’s services.
Watch the full interview to hear more on this plus an exclusive insight into what Yates discussed on her panel at the event, entitled “How to integrate new mobility services with minimal disruption”.
VEV, the e-fleet solutions provider backed by Vitol, says the change from traditional fuel cards to data-powered fleet dashboards is as significant for the fleet sector as the shift from cash to contactless was for the payments industry.
The company is highlighting that having real time fleet and energy data management technology is the critical component to run a successful EV fleet. VEV is encouraging fleets to embrace this operational shift to reap the rewards of fleet decarbonisation.
Moving from the tried and trusted fuel card to an integrated software solution encompassing energy, vehicles, chargers and operations, and potentially micro-grid solutions, is significant. It’s a radical change in the role of a fleet manager who will still be managing vehicles, drivers and journeys, but now doing so within the parameters of energy supply and charging schedules.
VEV’s CEO, Mike Nakrani, said:
“Fleet emissions make up 10% of the UK’s total carbon emissions, so electrifying your fleet is non-negotiable […] Done right, electrification can reduce costs while bolstering sustainability credentials and providing access to low-carbon contracts. Fleet owners need to start planning now, upskilling teams, and approaching this as a major business transformation.”
To help fleet managers planning to electrify, VEV has outlined its top five factors to plan a smooth transition.
Adopt a new data-driven mindset – Real-time energy monitoring, charging schedules, and new efficiency metrics require a new data-centred approach. Data insights are needed at the very start of the planning stage to assess current telematics and energy consumption and design the EV fleet. Every EV fleet is bespoke in its configuration and there isn’t a one-size fits all solution.
Outsource expertise – By working with an e-fleet expert, fleets will access a team that has managed this process multiple times before. This means anticipating challenges and avoiding mistakes, which will reap the benefits of the energy transition faster and more cost-effectively. VEV has put together a free eBook with advice for fleet managers looking to electrify their fleets here.
It’s a transition, not a quick fix – It’s important to look at the transition to electrification as exactly that – a transition – it’s not an on or off switch. It’s crucial to analyse your data to assess your electrification readiness at the outset and then design the implementation plan around the right mix of vehicles and chargers for each fleet operation.
Manage your energy supply – Determining the likely impact on your grid connection upgrade is arguably the critical success factor in every transition. Upfront energy analysis and developing alternative energy sources such as solar and battery, can help avoid or reduce grid upgrades which is one of the most expensive and time-consuming parts of the electrification transition.
Navigate multiple stakeholders – Due to the complexity of transition, many more stakeholders need to become part of the process, from finance through to facilities and the drivers themselves. The transition is seen as the fleet manager’s obligation when it is not solely their responsibility, but it is usually their problem.
Berlin tech brand OnoMotion is teaming up with London-based company E-cargobikes to launch a brand new cargo e-bike model specifically for a more sustainable method of last-mile delivery.
The collaboration will make the cargo e-bikes available to buy for the first time in the UK. The next-gen ONO e-cargo bike will be debuted by the two companies at the London EV Show and will be available for test rides at the event as well.
“London and numerous other cities across the UK and Europe have implemented low-emission zones, meaning efficient and emission-free alternatives for package delivery are a must. We’re looking forward to bringing the ONO to the UK market and supporting the development of net zero delivery networks that improve both business and life quality in our cities.”
James FitzGerald, CEO of e-cargobikes.com, commented:
“We’re pleased to integrate the ONO into our London-based last-mile logistics services as well as our vehicle solutions for businesses across the UK. With swap-body technology and weather protection for riders, these vehicles significantly reduce turnaround time at warehouses, enabling more deliveries at a fraction of the energy use. This partnership is an exciting step towards enabling zero-carbon logistics for retailers and service providers countrywide.”
Sean Ackley Head of Charging & Energy at VinFast spoke with MOVEMNT at the MOVE America conference about how the electric charging system has the potential to become a seamless and integrated experience.
Ackley proposes that electric vehicle (EV) charging shouldn’t be complex or difficult to understand, and it shouldn’t feel hard to find either.
He discusses how VinFast are working to remove the complexities of charging across the mobility ecosystem, meeting the people who are capable of making this possible at MOVE.
To do this, the company are integrating all of these different partners into a single app and have successfully integrated over 112,000 charge points to make charging infrastructure easier to find.
As the world anticipates the upcoming UN climate summit – COP28 – in Dubai, Nigeria has been making significant strides towards embracing electric mobility with a keen interest in commitment to a more sustainable and cleaner transport system.
Vice President of Nigeria Kashim Shettima emphasised this commitment as he inspected the solar-powered charging stations for e-mobility domiciled in the State House. He also highlighted Nigeria’s plans for an e-Mobility Strategy, designed to position the country as a front-runner in sustainable transportation on the African continent.
“e-Mobility deployment aligns with the Nigeria Energy Transition Plan (ETP), addressing emissions, air pollution, and energy security concerns while ensuring a greener future for Nigerians.”
Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan (ETP) has reported that the transport sector is contributing 28.4% of emissions; with the ETP advocating for transitioning to low-emission transport technologies.
Nigeria’s federal government has actively announced support for this transition, which includes boosting local assembly capacity for electric vehicles, establishing charging infrastructure, and enabling private sector participation.
Hyundai has officially opened the Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center Singapore (HMGICS) with the hopes of accelerating the delivery of the company’s human-centric future mobility vision and to potentially start developing robotaxis.
The facility introduces a new ‘smart urban mobility hub’ concept, which includes an automated flexible production system and provides ways for electric vehicle (EV) buyers to interact with their vehicles and the Hyundai brand.
The Group has claimed that they opened the facility as part of their strides towards creating sustainable mobility solutions. HMGICS hopes to provide as a sturdy pillar the company’s position in the electrification era over the next 50 years.
Hyundai has chosen Singapore as the home for the first smart urban mobility hub. With a human-centric manufacturing approach, HMGICS will enable a collaboration between people, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in order to achieve new levels of synchronisation.
Integrated into the Jurong Innovation District urban landscape and the broader Singapore smart city ecosystem, the seven-story facility has the capacity to manufacture up to 30,000 EVs per year.
HMGICS has already produced IONIQ 5 and the fully autonomous IONIQ 5 robotaxi and will add IONIQ 6 to its portfolio of models built on-site next year. The facility will serve as a testbed for developing future mobility solutions — including Purpose Built Vehicles (PBVs).
Euisun Chung, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Chair, said:
“HMGICS is an open and connected urban innovation hub that encourages and embraces creativity and collaboration. It seeks to completely redefine the very concept of manufacturing.”
A South-American city in Brazil has been awarded as Smart City of 2023 at the World Smart City Awards gala held at Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), by Fira de Barcelona.
The award intends to acknowledge the most outstanding initiatives and projects in the innovation and urban transformation industry.
The Brazilian city of Curitiba was reportedly chosen by the Jury for its approach to smart urban planning, socioeconomic growth and environmental sustainability through a human-centric approach.
The jury was made up of representatives from the Barcelona City Council, UN-Habitat, the World Bank, the EC Mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities, the World Economic Forum, and the Secretariat of State for Tourism in Spain.
This year’s edition also included a special Leadership award in recognition to the continuing efforts to drive urban innovation internationally.
The Mobility award went to the Konya Metropolitan Municipality for its project to restore old streetcars in the city of Meram in Turkey to make them available exclusively to cyclists, with the aim of increasing bicycle awareness and developing a new transportation.
Kyle Vogt has announced on X (formerly Twitter) that he has decided to step down as the Chief Executive Officer of Cruise following backlash and halted operations over a recent hit-and-run accident involving a Cruise autonomous vehicle (AV).
San Francisco became the first US city this year to allow driverless taxis to transport passengers without the supervision of humans behind the wheel, as known as Level 4 AVs.
Vogt wrote on X that the “last 10 years have been amazing […] Cruise is still just getting started, and I believe it has a great future ahead,” adding that he is planning to spend time with his family and “explore some new ideas”.
There has been no officially named successor of the Chief Executive position, but Cruise have announced that its executive VP of engineering, Mo Elshenawy, would immediately assume the role as president and chief technology officer alongside Craig Glidden, who will serve as co-president as well as continuing in the role of chief administrative officer for the foreseeable future.
Michele Mueller the senior project manager of connected and automated vehicles at Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) discusses how the state are employing innovative technology in their safety systems to ensure people get home safely every day.
Mueller also talks about how the department are working with new start-ups to help expand and develop Michigan’s transportation system as well as the opportunity to meet these exact types of start-ups at the MOVE America conference.
MDOT are developing their systems by looking at the challenges within the transport infrastructure and working with industry partners to find solutions to these challenges.
Mueller explains that the department’s goal to make their systems smarter, more efficient, and most importantly, to help people get home to their families as safely as possible.
Jason JonMichael a senior strategist at the United States Department of Transport (USDOT) discussed how AI and automated systems are impacting the way Americans get around.
As a member of the Highly Automated Safety Systems Centre of Excellence (HASS COE) JonMichael explained how his team have a duty to help USDOT by reviewing, assessing, and validating the safety of autonomous systems and AI in transportation. JonMichael stressed that this applies not only in ground autonomy and advanced air mobility but also across national rail systems and ports.
HASS COE was established by congress to focus on automation systems and investigate their intermodal and multimodal implications, to help augment each USDOT Operating Administration’s own expertise and enable success in assessing, predicting, and verifying the safety of relevant emerging technology.
JonMichael also commented on the amount of funding that the Biden-Harris administration has recently provided to US transport systems and stated that it is “the shotgun start” US transport infrastructure needs.
Watch the full interview to hear more about how US transport is adopting and adapting to ever-developing technology and if we should be happy with this.
BMW have announced that Level 3 automated driving, which allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel and temporarily divert their attention away from the road, will soon be available in the new BMW 7 Series as of next spring.
Designed to assume the entire task of driving, the automated driving function will be offered exclusively in Germany priced at €6,000.
This means that German driver will be legally allowed to use this autonomous vehicle system on German roads in 2024.
BMW Personal Pilot L3is the name of the new self-driving function which will enable the driver to go fully autonomous and remove their hands from the wheel in certain situations.
This new function can be ordered for the new BMW 7 Series (excluding the i7 eDrive50 and i7 M70 xDrive) from December to be fitted in vehicles from next March.
The technology allows drivers to redirect their focus to other in-vehicle activities when travelling at up to 60 km/h (37 mph) on motorways with structurally separated carriageways.
The announcement of this function will make BMW Group the first carmaker to offer both Level 2 driving function where the hands can be taken off the steering wheel and a Level 3 system.
The crucial difference between Level 2 and Level 3 is that with Level 2 (partially automated driving) responsibility continues to lie with the driver at all times. Whenever the BMW Highway Assistant is in use, drivers must watch what is happening on the road and be able to take over the task of driving again at all times.
The BMW Personal Pilot L3 for Level 3 highly automated driving in the BMW 7 Series gives drivers the option of concentrating on secondary in-vehicle activities away from what is happening on the road.
Brice Adamson President of Enterprise Fleet Management spoke recently at the MOVE America conference about how EFM enabled Domino’s Pizza to deploy 1,100 electric vehicles (EVs) as part of their delivery fleet.
With a mission to maximise fleet performance and mitigate financial risk with their predictive tools and technology, Enterprise’s analytics software offers real-time cost and performance insights that consider their client’s fleet mileage, insurance costs, driver downtime, vehicle depreciation and more.
Adamson stated that the company begin by learning their client’s objectives and goals and then use their software to help to advise on which fleet best suits them achieve those specific targets.
In a real-life example, Domino’s Pizza told the fleet management company that they wanted to reach zero-emissions in their pizza delivery fleet by 2050, after which Adamson explained that EFM recommended the fully-electric Chevrolet Bolt to put those 1,100 vehicles on the road in just one year.
Watch the full interview to learn more about where EFM are headed towards in helping fleet operations achieve their sustainability goals more efficiently and where they’ll be expanding their services to.
Nissan Motor Corporation have announced that they will be investing up to $575 million (R$ 2.8 billion) in their Brazil gigafactory in Resende which will host the production of two new sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and assembly of a turbo engine.
One of the models to be produced at the Resende Industrial Complex, in Rio de Janeiro whilst the company intends to export the second SUV to more than 20 countries in Latin America.
Makoto Uchida, CEO and President of Nissan Motor Co., announced the company’s investment and next steps, he said:
“Guided by our Ambition 2030 vision and taking into account the needs and realities of Brazil and South America, we have a local strategy that will ensure our transformation in the next few years. We need to demonstrate our commitment with new actions to build a strong foundation so that we can further evolve and contribute to meet our global objectives.”
The investment aims to provide new equipment and a series of improvements that will support the production to make the two new SUVs at Nissan’s Resende Industrial Complex.
The manufacturing development plan also includes the powertrain plant at Nissan’s industrial park. The factory will assemble an advanced turbo engine that will be used across the brand.
Just before the investment announcement, four new suppliers confirmed they would join the on-site Nissan facilities in Resende.
Nissan’s investments in Resende are totaling R$ 6.2 billion, in 10 years.
In the King’s Speech yesterday a new piece of legislation was announced which intends to enable the use of autonomous vehicles (AV) in Britain.
The supposedly long-awaited legislation was passed as the Automated Vehicles Bill and will see level 4 self-driving vehicles be valid for use on British roads.
During the speech the King said: “My Ministers will introduce new legal frameworks to support the safe commercial development of emerging industries, such as self-driving vehicles…”
The Government has said that the bill will provide the sector with the certainty and confidence it needs to develop the technology in the UK.
The landmark legislation was announced in the Lords Chamber by the King in a speech that is historically drafted by the Prime Minister, this year falling to the responsibility of Rishi Sunak.
A briefing document from Number 10 stated that the bill It will release a huge growth potential of this sector and potentially allow Britain to create a UK market of up to £42 billion and create 38,000 skilled jobs by 2035.
Between 2018 and 2022, the UK self-driving vehicle sector generated £475 million of direct investment and 1,500 new jobs, according to the government’s report.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, Transport spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said:
“Autonomous Vehicles have potential to dramatically improve people’s quality of life, especially in areas where bus services struggle to support them.
“Councils will continue to prioritise safety and public health, regardless of mode of travel.
“Government also needs to act to help pedestrians and road users by regulating the estimated 750,000 private e-scooters already on our roads, the majority of which are used illegally and by banning pavement parking, which would make footpaths accessible to all parts of society.”
Only the vehicles that can drive themselves safely and can follow all road traffic rules without the need for a human to monitor the vehicle to maintain safety will be classified as self-driving and allowed on UK roads.
Companies that deploy AVs will have to meet safety requirements from the point a vehicle is introduced on to UK roads or face new sanctions and penalties if they fail in their duty. These will include fines, requirements to take corrective action, and suspension of operation.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced an investment of $1.3 billion into three electrical transmission lines crossing six states.
This funding intends to advance projects aimed at adding 3.5 gigawatts of additional grid capacity throughout the US, equivalent to powering approximately 3 million homes.
To ensure that transmission buildout is done efficiently, DOE have also released the National Transmission Needs Study to provide insight into where the grid would benefit the most from increased transmission.
U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer M. Granholm, said:
“To realize the full benefit of the nation’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035, we need to more than double our grid capacity.
“This effort to strengthen the nation’s transmission will drive down costs for American families and deliver thousands of good paying jobs for American workers.”
The Needs Study estimates that by 2035 more than double the existing regional transmission capacity and an expansion of existing interregional transmission capacity by more than fivefold is needed in the journey to decarbonisation.
Key findings of the Needs Study include a pressing need for additional electric transmission infrastructure in nearly all regions of the country to address high energy costs. It was also found that an increasing interregional transmission is needed to move electricity from where it is available to where it is needed.
Needs will shift over time as the clean energy transition, evolving regional demand, and increasingly extreme weather events must all be accommodated by the future power grid.
DOE have announced that it is entering into capacity contract negotiations with three interregional transmission line projects that will strengthen grid resilience and reliability, enable the addition of more clean energy resources to the grid, and bring diverse, clean energy to more customers.
The selected projects are:
Cross-Tie 500kV Transmission Line (Nevada, Utah) – a proposed 214-mile,1500 MW transmission line connecting existing transmission systems in Utah and Nevada to increase transmission capacity, improve grid reliability, relieve congestion on other key transmission lines, and expand access to low-cost renewable energy across the region.
Southline Transmission Project (Arizona, New Mexico) – a proposed 175-mile, 748 MW transmission line from Hidalgo County, New Mexico to Pima County, Arizona that will help unlock renewable energy development in southern New Mexico and deliver clean energy to growing markets in Arizona that currently rely on fossil fuel generation.
Twin States Clean Energy Link (New Hampshire, Vermont) – a proposed 1,200 MW high-voltage direct current (HVDC) bidirectional line that will expand the capacity of the New England electric grid and improve its resiliency, reliability, and efficiency by providing access to clean firm energy supplies in Quebec, Canada.