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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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This collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 - Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures), with a particular focus on certain countries and regions, starting from Wallonia, Belgium. The Government of Wallonia also set a new regulation to promote the development of CNG infrastructure.

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First public hydrogen station in Belgium to be located on Toyota land leased to Air Liquide

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Construction has started on the first public hydrogen station in Belgium, to be operated by Air Liquide. Two regions of Europe are taking part in this project: the Brussels region in Belgium, and the Wer-Ems region in Germany. In the first half of 2016, Toyota will also bring the Mirai to Belgium, a fourth European market.

Westport and Volvo Car to introduce V90 Bi-Fuel into Belgium and Luxembourg

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Westport AB, a Westport Fuel Systems company, announced that Volvo Car will introduce the Bi-Fuel version of its new V90 station wagon in Belgium and Luxembourg. Belgium currently has 5,400 natural gas vehicles on the road and a developed infrastructure network that includes 73 CNG stations. Brief

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

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. Electric (Battery) Market Background Plug-ins Policy

Umicore to Build Battery Recycling Plant in Belgium

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Umicore will build an industrial scale recycling facility for end-of-life rechargeable batteries in Hoboken, Belgium. By 2012 in the European Union, for example, 25% of all portable batteries placed on the market will have to be collected and recycled. This figure will rise to 45 % by 2016.

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

Swedish Energy Agency awards PowerCell $960K toward developing modular fuel cell range extender system for EVs

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Triphase, Belgium. E-Trucks Europe, Belgium. The kick-off meeting of the MoRE Zero project took place on June 2014. Click to enlarge.

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JATO Dynamics: growth slowdown in Euro auto sales in March; SUVs still lead

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YTD figures showed gains in 26 markets, with 16 of them posting double-digit growth. million units, up by 8.1% The March SAAR came in at 14.98

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) Stakeholders General Assembly in Belgium

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The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) stakeholders’ general assembly will take place on 26 and 27 October in Brussels, Belgium. an analysis of the market, as well as the political developments affecting the commercialisation of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.

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

Renault introduces two new electric light commercial vehicles

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At the Brussels Motorshow in Belgium, Renault Pro+ introduced two new electric light commercial vehicles—New Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.—to

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Prayon obtains worldwide sublicense for lithium iron phosphate battery material

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Belgium-based Prayon Group has obtained a worldwide. suitable LFP/LMP producers capable to address the market demand with high quality products. A new production facility will be operated in Belgium (at its main production site in Engis) in summer 2012. —Yves Caprara, CEO of Prayon Group. Phosphates (OCP S.A.) Brief

First 5 production Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles for Europe arrive

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Markets beyond the UK, Germany and Denmark will be added from 2017 as the hydrogen infrastructure develops. Brief

Reports highlight ongoing advances in vehicle technology, consumer demand for fuel efficiency in US and Europe

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Hungary and Belgium were the only two EU Member States where cars sold in 2012 were on average less efficient than those sold the year before.

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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The European market holds potential for profitable growth if we accelerate product development and move decisively to address our costs and overcapacity. Europe Market Background Vehicle ManufacturersNew car registrations in the EU, 1990-2011. Source: ACEA. Click to enlarge. Ford plans to close the two facilities in the UK in 2013.

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. being exclusively marketed by Umicore. Jointly owned by OCP SA (Office Chérifien des Phosphates, Morocco) and SRIW (Belgium), Prayon. The JV is set up on a 51 (Prayon): 49 (Umicore) ownership basis. Licensing AG.

ABB launches 22 kW AC & DC fast charging station

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It can be expanded with ABB’s AC wall box satellite system, making it the smallest and most versatile fast charging station on the market today.

Frost & Sullivan forecasts rapid growth in tire pressure monitoring systems market; $386.6M by 2018

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The consultancy estimates that the market earned revenues of more than $111.7 By 2014, nearly 38% of vehicles in North America will feature TPMS—a 13% increase from 2011—thus, increasing the addressable market size. new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. million in 2011 will reach $386.6 million by 2018. million by 2018.

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

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However, Pike notes, at this stage in this market’s development, it is not clear what the most viable business models are. Click to enlarge.

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

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At the same time, extensive new landscaping and planting has been undertaken at Toyota GB’s sales and marketing headquarters in Surrey. The 2.35

BASF to concentrate plant biotechnology activities on main markets in North and South America

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Citing a lack of acceptance for plant technology in many parts of Europe, BASF announced that it is concentrating its plant biotechnology activities on the main markets in North and South America. Research and development activities will be concentrated mainly in Raleigh, Ghent, Belgium and Berlin, Germany. —Dr. —Dr. Brie

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.

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

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

Elektromotive continues European expansion

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Last week we told you that the company was heading to Belgium and Luxembourg (see article ), and now it will play a pivotal role in the introduction of an electric vehicle recharging infrastructure in Denmark. This is a crucial moment for the Danish market and the global shift towards zero-emissions motoring,” he said. .

Northern Lights Energy and Reva Electric Car Company Sign Agreement to Develop the Electric Vehicle Market in Iceland

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The sales and marketing of the car will commence in the second half of 2010 and customer deliveries at the end of 2010. The REVA NXR.

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

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However, while interest in electric vehicles is growing, with 69% of respondents willing to consider an EV today, current market offerings generally fall far short of consumers’ expectations for driving range, charging time, and purchase price. There is no doubt that electric vehicles are the future of the automotive industry. Brief

CDC: US has highest motor vehicle crash death rate among high-income countries; could be cut in half with proven strategies

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Countries included in the study were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Health Market Background SafetySpeeding contributed to more than 9,500 crash deaths.

Nissan LEAF the best-selling EV in Europe in 2013

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The LEAF now holds 33% of the EV passenger car market in Europe. In 2013, the Nissan LEAF was also the EV market leader in Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. In January in France, Nissan LEAF sales posted a 240% increase year-on-year and was the EV market leader for that month. Brie

Volkswagen confirms EA288 diesel engines designed for EU5 and EU6 not affected by defeat device software

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million vehicles in Europe (EU28 markets), including some 2.4 Volkswagen Group Hong Kong (VGHK) said that none of the passenger cars sold in Hong Kong or Macau are affected, because the EA189 engine has never been imported to the local market. Earlier post.). Earlier post.). l, 1.6 l and 2.0 Diesel Emissions Regulations

Europcar to introduce Opel Ampera extended range EV as a rental car throughout Europe

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The market introduction of the Opel Ampera (the European cousin of the Chevy Volt) is due by the end of 2011. The goal is to deploy the first vehicles in Europcar rental outlets in Germany in November of this year, followed soon afterwards by Belgium and the Netherlands. Opel Ampera. Click to enlarge. Europe Hybrids Plug-ins

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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On a total unit basis, that exceeded the second quarter’s 5,150 models which went to the North America market. 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.). The company is now producing 550 cars per week. per share.

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

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ENGIE, a global operator in electricity, natural gas and energy services markets, will invest nearly €100 million from now to 2020 to build Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) stations for filling up the European fleets of trucks with natural gas and biogas. 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.

Honda diesel sets new Guinness record for fuel efficiency, averaging 83 mpg US in 8,387-mile drive across 24 EU countries

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The team set out from Aalst, Belgium, on 1 June, navigating the continent in a clockwise direction. Earlier post.) mpg US (3.8 hours, each day.

EEA Report: Trends in European Transport Are Heading in the Wrong Direction

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Rail and inland waterway freight recorded increases of 11% and 17% respectively but saw their market share decline. Source: EEA. Air pollution.

£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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The R90 motor is available for all versions of the ZOE, with the exception of the French market’s entry level version which features the R75 motor.).

New study finds GHG emissions from palm oil production significantly underestimated; palm oil biofuels could be more climate-damaging than oil sands fuels

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Mha (20%) of the peatlands of Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo in 2010, surpassing the area of Belgium and causing an annual carbon emission from peat decomposition of 230–310 Mt CO 2 e. When peat swamps are drained for agriculture, the peat begins to decompose, and is an enormous source of carbon emissions. —Miettinen et al.

Honeywell UOP’s Methanol To Olefins technology selected for China coal chemical complex

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It also offers flexibility in the quantity of propylene and ethylene produced, so producers can adjust their plant design to most effectively address market demands. The MTO process technology has been successfully demonstrated in a semi-commercial-scale unit built by Total Petrochemicals in Feluy, Belgium. Click to enlarge. Brief