Responsible Battery Coalition Launches 2 Million Battery Challenge at U.S. Senate Auto Caucus Briefing on Sustainability

Read the press release. A coalition of leading vehicle battery manufacturers, recyclers, retailers and users dedicated to the responsible manufacturing, use and reuse of vehicle batteries launched an initiative today to recover 2 million more batteries with the goal of achieving a recycling rate of 100%. The campaign, called the 2 Million Battery Challenge, is …

10 Monkeys and a Beetle: Inside VW’s Campaign for ‘Clean Diesel’

Read the full story in the New York Times. See also German Carmakers Criticized for Emissions Research on Monkeys. In 2014, as evidence mounted about the harmful effects of diesel exhaust on human health, scientists in an Albuquerque laboratory conducted an unusual experiment: Ten monkeys squatted in airtight chambers, watching cartoons for entertainment as they inhaled …

CDP: Low-Carbon Economy Presents Automakers with Big Opportunities

Read the full story from Environmental Leader. A CDP report published today analyzed 16 of the world’s largest publicly-listed automotive companies that responded to an extensive questionnaire last year. The report identified best and lowest performing automakers as well as major opportunities emerging while the industry enters a low-carbon transition. The report, called “Driving Disruption,” …

Over Half a Trillion Soybeans Later, Ford Marks 10-Year Anniversary of Bio-based Foam

Read the full story in Triple Pundit. It has been 10 years since Ford Motor Company rolled out the 2008 Mustang with seats comprised of soy-based foam. Since then, the automaker says it has installed this bio-based form in at least 18.5 million cars that have rolled off the company’s assembly lines.

Spinning plant waste into carbon fiber for cars, planes

Read the full story from Science Daily. Using plants and trees to make products such as paper or ethanol leaves behind a residue called lignin. That leftover lignin isn't good for much and often gets burned or tossed into landfills. Now, researchers report transforming lignin into carbon fiber to produce a lower-cost material strong enough …