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Prayon and Pulead to create JV for manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate material for Li-ion batteries

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Major cathode material producer Pulead (China) and phosphate leader Prayon (Belgium) have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for the manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) under licence from LiFePO 4 +C Licensing LLC. The joint venture will help meet the increasing global demand for licensed LFP. Brief

Volvo Buses receives order for 90 electric hybrid buses and fast charging stations from Belgium

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Volvo Buses has secured its largest order yet for complete solutions for electric bus traffic. The buyer is public transport company TEC Group.

European Fast-E project launches; 278 fast-charging points in Germany and Belgium

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The Fast-E project, co-financed by the European Union and nine companies, has officially launched , with the objective of installing 241 fast-charging charging stations in Germany and 37 in Belgium. Renault sells more electric vehicles in Europe than any other car manufacturer and had a market share of more than 23% in 2015. Brief

DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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The LanzaTech facility will recycle industrial waste gases from steel manufacturing to produce a low cost ethanol intermediate: “Lanzanol.” LanzaTech captures the waste gas from refineries and manufacturing plants and feeds the CO-rich gas to microbes that consume the gas and produce ethanol. million. Earlier post.). Earlier post.).

Hyundai delivers first Tucson fuel cell vehicle in Ontario

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Hydrogenics has manufacturing sites in Germany, Belgium and Canada and service centers in Russia, China, India, Europe, the US and Canada. Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. has delivered its first fuel cell vehicle in Ontario, Canada to Joseph Cargnelli, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder at Mississauga-based Hydrogenics Corporation.

Six automated truck platoons to compete in European Truck Platooning Challenge

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IVECO will depart from Brussels and DAF from their production location in Westerlo, Belgium. yards). Daimler. Earlier post.) Scania. Volvo.

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Volvo produces electric car for lease customers

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The vehicle is manufactured and delivered to leasing customers throughout Europe, including Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands and Norway. Production is now under way for the Volvo C30 Electric, with initial deliveries taking place this summer and heading to leasing customers, including companies, authorities and governmental bodies.

Prayon obtains worldwide sublicense for lithium iron phosphate battery material

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Belgium-based Prayon Group has obtained a worldwide. sublicense under a portfolio of key patents for the manufacture, sale and use of lithium metal phosphate (LMP), including lithium iron phosphate (LFP). Prayon built a pilot plant for the manufacture of lithium iron phosphate based on a high-speed, low-cost continuous process.

Honda targets new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency with 8,500-mile diesel drive across Europe

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On 1 June, two members of Honda’s European Research & Development (R&D) team will set out on the journey from Aalst, Belgium. Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, based at Honda’s European manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK, volunteered to take up the challenge and will be charged with driving an average 370 miles (595 km) each day.

Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Of those, charging infrastructure was the best predictor of a country’s EV market share. Source: Sierzchula et al. Click to enlarge. Click to enlarge.

Solvay launches rare earth recycling activity in France

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Belgium-based chemical group Solvay has opened two rare earth recycling units in France. Once the rare earths have been separated, they are then reformulated into luminescent precursors that will be reused in the manufacture of new lamps. The investment was officially approved in 2011. Brief

Umicore and Prayon form beLife JV to develop and produce phosphate-based cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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industrial pilot plant in Engis, Belgium, that will be operational in the coming months with all materials produced. Jointly owned by OCP SA (Office Chérifien des Phosphates, Morocco) and SRIW (Belgium), Prayon. manufactures and markets an extensive range of purified phosphoric acids, phosphate salts and fluorine products.

Ford planning to cut 18% of production capacity, 13% of workforce in Europe; anticipating more than $1.5B loss in Europe in 2012

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Manufacture of Transit will be consolidated in Ford’s principal commercial vehicle manufacturing facility operated by Ford Otosan in Kocaeli, Turkey, in 2013. Additional investment also is expected at Ford’s Bridgend Engine Plant in South Wales to support ongoing high volumes of gasoline engine manufacture. Source: ACEA.

Van Hool wins EU funding for 21 fuel cell buses; powered by Ballard FCvelocity-HD7 modules

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Van Hool is a Belgium-based independent bus, coach and industrial vehicle OEM. Van Hool N.V. Earlier post.) The air compressor is separate.

Ballard signs MOU with Van Hool for further fuel cell bus deployments; next-gen FCvelocity-HD7 power module

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Ballard Power Systems has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Van Hool NV, Europe’s fourth largest bus manufacturer, in support of the manufacture and further deployment of fuel cell buses. Earlier post.). Earlier post.). Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen

Toyota in long-term partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens to strengthen quality of UK operations

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Toyota has established a partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to strengthen the ecological and environmental quality of its UK operations.

Deloitte study concludes mass adoption of EVs in Europe is some distance away

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—David Raistrick, automotive partner and head of manufacturing at Deloitte UK. Our research shows that there are specific design targets that manufacturers must reach in order to entice car buyers. It is clear that this innovation is a priority for car manufacturers. Range, price and charging concerns need to be addressed.

ABB to charge the largest single network of 101 electric buses in Europe using open industry standard OppCharge

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The order will include installation sites in Charleroi, Belgium, providing 15 ABB charging stations in total by 2018, to power 101 Volvo electric hybrid buses in the Wallonia public transport system, operated by TEC Group. ABB has received an order for a further 12 bus charging systems from Volvo Buses to power the largest single network.

Audi Brussels to produce exclusively e-tron quattro SUV, battery packs; A1 production moving to Spain

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The site in Belgium will thus become a key plant for electric mobility at the Volkswagen Group. Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

Volvo Car Corporation begins production of the Volvo C30 Electric for leasing customers in Europe

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The Volvo C30 Electric will be manufactured and delivered to leasing customers throughout Europe, including in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. Volvo says it will build about 250 cars by the end of 2012, possibly more if market interest takes off. As a result, the luggage compartment is unchanged. Brief

Pike Research ranks ChargePoint, DBT as top EV charging equipment supply companies

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The new Pike Pulse Grid for EVSE manufacturers. Click to enlarge. million units in 2020. Leaders. Earlier post.) Contenders. Challengers.

Inaugural meeting of Volkswagen Sustainability Council; Group makes €20M available for projects

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Yves Leterme – former OECD Deputy Secretary-General and former Prime Minister of Belgium. Sustainability Vehicle ManufacturersThe Council elected Georg Kell, Founding Director UN Global Compact, as its chair. The Volkswagen Group is proactively making €20 million (US$21.75 —Georg Kell, Chair of the Sustainability Council.

Telefónica to provide M2M connectivity for Tesla electric vehicles across major European markets

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The agreement, which establishes Telefonica as Tesla’s largest European connectivity partner, is supported by KPN in the Netherlands and Belgium as part of the M2M World Alliance, simplifying Tesla’s deployment of connected cars. Telefonica will provide Machine-To-Machine (M2M) connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe. Brief

Deutsche Post DHL and Renault aim to intensify their collaboration on the use of electric vehicles

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Deutsche Post DHL has signed a letter of intent for a possible future global framework agreement with car manufacturer Renault. is an electrified vehicle that is used to transport DHL Express shipments at the moment in France as well as in Aruba, Belgium, Denmark and Germany. The Kangoo Z.E. Renault ZOE as well as the Renault Twizy.

Dana offering Spicer PowerBoost hydraulic-hybrid system for off-highway field testing; demonstrated fuel savings of 20-25%

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Powerboost system. Click to enlarge. to 3.6-tonne (6k to 8k) lifting capacity. Heavy-duty Hybrids Hydraulic Hybrid Off-road

Tesla delivered ~5,500 Model S worldwide in Q3, more than 1,000 to European customers; non-GAAP profit narrows and GAAP loss widens from Q2

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Musk said that Model S gross margin may continue to make slight improvements over the next several quarters as Tesla continues to drive down manufacturing costs. In its third quarter results, Tesla Motors reported delivering about 5,500 Model S units worldwide, with more than 1,000 of those going to European customers. Earlier post.).

ENGIE investing €100M in CNG/LNG stations in Europe to 2020

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This contribution to strengthening the LNG and CNG distribution infrastructures in Europe will rely on ENGIE’s active involvement with stakeholders—the truck manufacturers as well as the national and European authorities—committing to move to alternative fuels. Brief

Symbio uses Borit metal bipolar plates in its commercial fuel cell range extender

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Earlier post.) Borit bi-polar plate. Click to enlarge. Hydrogate advances classical hydroforming to a continuous process via a novel press concept.

Aleris to invest $350M to upgrade Kentucky aluminum rolling mill for anticipated growth in automotive demand

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We have partnered with customers in the premium automotive segment from our Duffel, Belgium facility for years to develop and produce some of the most technically advanced lightweight aluminum solutions available today. Aleris will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky.

£13M European ecoDriver project seeks to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%

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Leeds researchers led by Professor Oliver Carsten from the Institute for Transport Studies will work with transport research centers across Europe, as well as several leading vehicle manufacturers, to design and test the devices, which could be on the market within 5 years. The overall aim is to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%.

Renault boosts range of ZOE EV to 400 km with new 41 kWh pack option

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At the Paris Motor Show, Renault introduced its enhanced-range ZOE electric vehicle. Equipped with the new 41 kWh Z.E. Renault said that new Z.E.

Aero trailer design study from Mercedes-Benz shows 18% lower wind resistance, almost 5% reduction in fuel consumption

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Mercedes-Benz’ new Aero Trailer design. Click to enlarge. Numerous individual measures lower the wind resistance of the entire unit. Click to enlarge.

BASF and partners developing injection-molded plastic parts with steel cord reinforcements; EASI materials for lightweight automotive applications

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Injection molded plastic parts with steel cord reinforcement. Source: BASF. Click to enlarge. Video ). Materials Plastics Safety Weight reduction

Ballard and Van Hool launch European service center to support fuel cell buses

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ESPACE will be co-located with Van Hool’s Lier, Belgium manufacturing facility, encompassing 120 square meters of space and storing up to 200 parts on-site, including fuel cell modules, batteries as well as electric driveline and hydrogen storage components. Ballard Power Systems and partner Van Hool N.V., Brief

Bombardier launches PrimoveCity for multi-modal stationary or mobile inductive charging of electric vehicles

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The new center of excellence is located at Bombardier’s engineering and manufacturing site in Mannheim, Germany, which will also have an advanced testing and development facility opening in September 2011. PrimoveCity utilizes the PRIMOVE technology capable of providing power transfer for all electric vehicles. Earlier post.). Inverter.

2014 Toyota Verso offering new 1.6L diesel from BMW, first stop/start system

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—Gerald Killmann, Vice President R&D at Toyota’s R&D center in Belgium. The new 1.6 D-4D for the Verso. Click to enlarge. 2014 Verso.

Umicore selling its stake in beLife lithium iron phosphate JV to Prayon

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Prayon and major cathode material producer Pulead (China) and phosphate leader Prayon (Belgium) have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for the manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) under licence from LiFePO4+C Licensing LLC. Earlier post.). Brief

Transport for London in first group of customers for Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle in UK

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Transport for London is in the first group of UK customers for the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle, together with private car service Greentomatocars and hydrogen energy system manufacturer ITM Power. Belgium has been announced to join the three countries in the first half of 2016 as the hydrogen infrastructure develops. Brief

Tesla to use Umicore in Li-ion battery recycling program in Europe

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Tesla Motors has launched a recycling program in Europe for its Li-ion battery packs, and will recycle its battery packs at Umicore ’s UHT facility in Belgium. After that, Umicore will transform the cobalt into high-grade lithium cobalt oxide, which can be resold to battery manufacturers. Earlier post.) Brief

Visteon awarded 1st production program for Fusion platform; launch expected in 2018

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Visteon Corporation has been awarded the first production program for its Fusion connected platform by a leading European-based vehicle manufacturer.