Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Launches $1BN Venture Fund to Accelerate Next-Gen Mobility

The world’s largest auto alliance has launched a new corporate capital fund, Alliance Ventures, that will invest $1 billion to support innovative projects shaping the next generation of mobility over the next five years. In its first year, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi intends to invest up to $200 million into startups and open innovation partnerships with technology entrepreneurs focused on new mobility, including vehicle electrification, autonomous systems, connectivity and artificial intelligence. With further annual investments, Alliance Ventures is set to become the largest corporate venture

Trending: Norway Driving Low-Carbon Mobility with Lighting Tech, Enticing Incentives

Norway is paving the way to a more energy efficient, low-carbon future through new intelligent lighting technology and strong financial incentives. The Norwegian government is rolling out a new lighting technology that aims to reduce energy consumption on the country’s less-traveled roads. The system, which is being piloted an hour outside of Oslo in the small town of Hole, relies

Germany’s plan to downshift auto emissions

To truly transition to renewable energy, the country must start moving beyond private autos and embrace new digitally-run systems of shared mobility.

Episode 103: McDonald’s soil solution; Tesla’s future fleet

Big companies invest in low-carbon products, the race to map the future of fleets and five policies that threaten U.S. clean energy markets.

Trending: Coffee Grounds Poised to Power Future for Sustainable Transport, Fashion

Your morning cup of java could be good for more than just a caffeine buzz — Shell and Vancouver-based sustainable clothing company LEZÉ the Label are fueling a sustainable future with the help of waste coffee grounds. London buses will soon be powered by coffee, thanks to a new collaboration between Shell and clean technology company bio-bean. The partners will use spent coffee grounds to produce a new B20 biofuel, which will be used to fuel some of London’s buses — all without the need for modifications. The move will help the city reduce its emissions and tackle its serious air pollution problem. “Our Coffee Logs have already become the fuel of choice

EV100, EP100, RE100 Clean Energy Initiatives Continue to Grow

Corresponding with the launch of its updated Global States and Regions Annual Disclosure report in partnership with CDP and the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), The Climate Group has announced new members and progress for its electric vehicles (EV100), energy productivity (EP100) and renewable electricity (RE100) campaigns. Four major businesses from three different continents — Air New Zealand, New Zealand electricity retailer and

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford, VW Launch Pan-European High-Power EV Charging Network

The popularity of electric vehicles is on the rise, but infrastructure constraints have largely kept a widespread EV boom from becoming reality — until now. BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have joined together to develop and implement a High-Power Charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles across Europe. Under the name IONITY, the joint venture will see the creation of 400 HPC stations by 2020, which will make it easier than ever for

Hey, Logistics Sector – Let’s Talk About the Space Between Your Wheels

The genius physicist Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” This philosophy acts as a backbone of Pauline Dawes’ idea to truly revolutionise the trucking industry. It is very simple: By using the empty space between the wheels on trailers, the sector can cut down on the amount of journeys being made, saving

Chanje’s Revolutionary Electric Truck Aims to Transform Urban Deliveries

Think of all the delivery trucks that roam across cities every day. Whether it’s Amazon, moving furniture, even good old snail mail, most of it comes to our homes via dirty, inefficient, diesel- or gasoline-powered trucks that get barely a few miles to the gallon. Factor in both air and noise pollution from these vehicles and you have a major sustainability challenge that, as delivery

Nissan Harnesses Power of Electric Batteries to Improve Access to Energy, Mobility, Disaster Relief

The renewable and electric vehicle markets may be growing at an unprecedented rate, but approximately 1.3 billion people around the world still live in communities where power generation is restricted and access to electricity is virtually non-existent. Auto giant Nissan is gearing up to change that, announcing three new sustainability pilot projects at the Nissan Futures event in Oslo, Norway. The projects will focus on improving access to energy and mobility and will be targeted towards communities identified as being most at risk or in need. “With a rapidly rising, urbanising global population, problems like access to energy, climate change, and poor air quality all risk getting worse

HP, IKEA, Unilever Among First to Commit to All-Electric Fleets by 2030

During Climate Week NYC, international nonprofit The Climate Group, a member of the We Mean Business coalition of nonprofits working with global businesses to take action on climate change, announced the launch of a new business campaign designed to fast-track the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and infrastructure. The only

Trending: VW, JLR Make Big Commitments to EVs, Circular Tech

Car manufacturers have dominated the news in recent weeks with details emerging about everything from scrappage schemes to big-time commitments to EVs, indicating that a significant industry-wide shift is underway. Now, Volkswagen joins the growing group of mobility giants making the switch to low-carbon vehicles, while Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched a new program that

New Ford Sustainability Report Reveals Progress on Water Stewardship Goals

The Ford Motor Company has released its 18th annual Sustainability report detailing its environmental progress across the world and commitment to continued sustainability actions in the future. Coinciding with the release is a short film highlighting key milestones the company has achieved on its journey towards sustainability. The mobility giant began publishing its Sustainability Report in 2000 as a way to measure and track its progress on key

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Reveals Five Finalists Vying for €500K

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, one of the largest sustainable enterprise competitions in the world, has announced the five startups still in the running for a cash prize of €500,000. Finalists include innovators from France, Rwanda, the Netherlands and Denmark. Launched in 2007 by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the Green Challenge is an international competition that rewards products, services and technologies that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. Startups’s business plans and products are weighed against factors such as their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to contribute to

From Tesla to Mercedes-Benz, automakers become energy companies

New battery offerings and alliances with renewable energy providers are catalyzing a shift with big implications for the power grid.

5 Global Corporations Adopt ‘No Fees’ Ethical Recruitment Provisions Across Global Supply Chains

Efforts to safeguard workers against human rights violations continue to grow, as demand for greater supply chain transparency tightens its grip on the global economic landscape. Following the launch of a new digital mapping initiative in the Bangladeshi garment sector and the unveiling of a groundbreaking traceability platform between Sourcemap and Provenance, five high

VERGE Accelerate names 14 pitch-perfect startups

Introducing the accelerator finalists who will pitch to a live audience of potential partners at VERGE 17 in Santa Clara, Calif. in September.

Q&A: Science-Based Targets, Better Fuels Are Where the Rubber Meets the Road for UPS

As a global transportation and logistics company, UPS is all too familiar with the myriad of challenges greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions pose to both the environment and the global economy. To reduce impacts and remain competitive in an ever-changing economic landscape, the company, since 2009, has been making moves to drive innovation and spur change within the shipping industry — including investing in alternative fuels, advanced technology vehicles and renewable energies. In its latest Corporate Sustainability Report, released this week, UPS laid out aggressive new goals to further its sustainability commitments. Following extensive materiality assessments, UPS has pledged to reduce its absolute GHG emissions from global ground operations 12 percent by 2025, a goal which has been approved by the

Why mobility tech could be $600 billion boon for cities

From the way we use land to the emissions from public and private transit, an upheaval in transportation tech has big implications.

Ford Reveals 5 Fleets for TfL PHEV Pilot, Launches Closed-Loop Aluminum Recycling System

Ford continues its push to be a global leader in electric vehicles and sustainability with two new announcements. Earlier this year, Ford announced a new multi-million-dollar pilot project in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to reduce emissions and improve air quality in London through the use of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) transit custom vans that run solely on electric power. The automaker has now revealed the five fleets that will be participating in the program. The Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van pilot

McGill Putting Its Bets on Metal Powder as the Fuel of the Future

While automakers such as Toyota, Tesla, Ford, Honda and General Motors are putting their bets on hydrogen and electricity to power future mobility, Canada’s McGill University thinks metal could be the key to a clean, low-carbon future. For the last 20 years, researchers at McGill have been studying how metal powders, such as iron, could be used as a fossil-fuel alternative that produces zero carbon emissions. When burned, these powders are capable of producing more energy than an equivalent volume of gasoline. In lieu of carbon dioxide, the process releases only iron oxide, or rust, which is environmentally benign. What’s more, the exhaust can be collected and recycled back into iron using renewable energy sources, creating a

What’s behind state efforts to kill EV incentives?

Why states such as Utah, Georgia, Oregon and Colorado are parking consumer incentives for purchasing electric vehicles.

GM, Lyft and Otto on the future of mobility

These five videos bridge the divide between science fiction and our transportation reality.