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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. ENGIE considers transportation a major development focus. Europe LNG Natural Gas

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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. The SWARM (Small 4-Wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport) project aims to deploy 90 passenger hydrogen fuel cell cars in Europe and support infrastructure deployment. Brief

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

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The buyer is public transport company TEC Group. Once the 35 new buses take to the roads, 90% of Namur’s public transport will be electrified.

Volvo sells 11 electric hybrid buses with 2 ABB automated fast-chargers to Namur, Belgium

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Every year the TEC Group transports more than 250 million passengers. This is the largest order to date for the company’s electric bus system.

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. A sister project between the Czech Republic and Slovakia will add another 30 charging stations. Brief

$70M H2ME project launches in Europe to deploy 325 fuel cell vehicles and 29 refueling stations

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A large coalition of European partners has launched the €63-million (US$70-million) project Hydrogen Mobility Europe ( H2ME ). Click to enlarge.

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Air pollutant emission 2010 limits exceeded in twelve EU Member States; road transport NOx a main factor

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Preliminary analysis shows eleven Member States exceeding their respective NO x ceilings (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden). In some instances the limits were exceeded by significant amounts. —EEA Executive Director Prof. Jacqueline McGlade. could be introduced. Brie

EEA: Air pollution in 10 EU countries still above legal limits; road transport and agriculture

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The main reasons for the exceedances are emissions from road transport (NO x ) and agriculture (NH 3 ). Brief

£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%.

EC Survey finds majority of Europeans willing to compromise on performance, size, range and price to reduce vehicle emissions; 53% say they use car as main mode of transport

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Main modes of transport. Women more frequently said they usually walked (16% vs. 9% of men) or used public transport (25% vs. 18%).

The importance of considering non-exhaust traffic emissions; the role of EVs

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Regulatory regimes seeking to reduce emissions from transport have largely focused on tailpipe emissions—i.e., The participants in the 2011 workshop concluded: There is a clear lack of data in the field of road transport wear and suspension emissions to conclusively assess its importance for air quality and the impact on human health.

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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

Sustainable Transport Awards open for nominees

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Entries for the 2014 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel are[.]. Green credentials

TomTom extends coverage of real-time traffic products for congestion reduction

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The other countries currently covered are Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Fuel Efficiency Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS Click to enlarge. That gives us a unique inroad. Click to enlarge.

EC awards Better Place and partners €4.95M for EV infrastructure project, including battery switch stations

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The €4.95-million (US$7.1-million) award toward the €9.9-million (US$14.2-million) project comes under the Trans-European Transport Network ( TEN-T ) program. Six European Ministries of Transport—Denmark, The Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg—have endorsed the project during its application phase.

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

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Indexed European transport sector greenhouse gas emissions, 1990-2006. Road traffic is by far the main source of exposure to transport noise.

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. of electric buses and bus charging systems in Europe. Earlier post.). —Volvo Buses President Håkan Agnevall.

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.

Scania receives order for 158 biofuel buses in Sweden; ethanol and biodiesel

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Scania has received an order for 158 buses from public transport company Keolis Sverige in Sweden. Keolis Sverige’s vision is to use locally suited, sustainable transport to double transit ridership in Swedish cities. The delivery to Keolis consists of urban, suburban and intercity buses. Brief

London taxis to be fueled by UK’s first network of hydrogen stations

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Funded by the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, the HyTEC project (Hydrogen Transport for European Cities), which is part funded by the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), will also see the installation of an Air Products hydrogen fueling station in London. HyRaMP , Belgium. Element Energy Ltd , UK. LBST , Germany.

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

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

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Other recent developments in the emissions scandal include: Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, KBA) has decided that Volkswagen should recall a total of approximately 8.5 In Belgium, some 320,000 affected vehicles—models with the EA 189-type diesel engine and a displacement of 1.2 Earlier post.).

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

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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. Vehicles cover all kinds of technologies, starting from bio gas to electrification, and cover the full range of commercial transport vehicle levels. The Kangoo Z.E. Brief

ExxonMobil to invest >$1B in Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oil into diesel, other products

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ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical B.V.B.A., plans to invest more than $1 billion to install a new delayed coker unit at its Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oils into transportation fuels products such as marine gasoil and diesel fuel. Brief

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

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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. For the second time, Europcar was named the World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company in 2010 by the World Travel Awards. Opel Ampera. Click to enlarge.

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

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With 15 years of operations of 140 CNG stations, mainly in France, and 4 early first LNG stations in France and the Netherlands, ENGIE is accelerating the development of gas mobility in Europe for road transportation but also for shipping. Brief

Consortium including Volvo Car Group completes successful study of EV wireless charging

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A consortium of companies, including Volvo Car Group, Bombardier Transportation and the coachbuilder Van Hool, has successfully completed a 3-year research project studying the possibilities of inductive charging for electric vehicles. Inductive battery charging components. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.) hours [at 20 kW]. Resources. ?

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. Chris Malins of the International Council on Clean Transportation. —Miettinen et al. Earlier post.). —Dr. Chris Malins. —Dr.

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

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In the case of an average annual mileage of 150,000 km in long-distance transport this results in a saving of around 750 liters of fuel.

Trial begins of new intelligent multimodal travel management service in European cities

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As well as helping individuals find the most efficient route and travel mode, the systems should cut congestion and lower the environmental impacts of road transport. According to the project partners, IN-TIME will reduce congestion by making journeys using more than one mode of transport more attractive. million (US$3.95 million).

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

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Having successfully demonstrated the BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE technology with a Bombardier low floor tram in Augsburg, Germany, Bombardier is now further trialing the technology with a bus on a 125-meter stretch of road in Lommel, Belgium. —Andre Navarri, President, Bombardier Transportation. Earlier post.). Inverters. DC feed cables.

Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle launches in Sweden and Norway this summer, Netherlands later this year

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Toyota will launch the Mirai fuel cell vehicle in Sweden and Norway this summer, following other European countries that have introduced the Toyota Mirai in 2015 (UK, Germany and Denmark) or early 2016 (Belgium). The Netherlands will follow later this year. The Mirai launched in Japan in December 2014 and in the US in 2015. Brief

Wärtsilä dual-fuel main engines to power 15 barges operating mainly on LNG

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A series of 15 inland waterway barges being built for Belgium-based Plouvier Transport N.V., and which will be chartered by Shell Trading Rotterdam (Shell), are to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel main engines. The barges will operate primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The contract with Wärtsilä was concluded in December. Brie

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.

Bombardier battery-electric powered tram sets range record: 25.9 miles of catenary-free operation

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Bombardier Transportation has successfully completed a 41.6 km (25.9 Click to enlarge. A PRIMOVE tram battery double unit. Click to enlarge.

ABB launches automated fast charging system for electric buses; inverted pantograph

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ABB is introducing an automated fast charging system which allows electric city buses to drive 24/7. Click to enlarge.

Daimler Buses to offer electrohydraulic power steering to reduce fuel consumption

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In combination with an intelligent operation strategy, this leads to low energy requirements and thus to higher transportation efficiency.

Volvo Trucks and Shell to cooperate globally on LNG for heavy-duty trucks

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Based on Volvo’s MethaneDiesel concept ( earlier post ) whereby LNG can be used in diesel engines, and Shell’s LNG expertise and infrastructure investments, the two companies will coordinate their activities and actively support the wider use of LNG in the transport sector. The agreement is non-exclusive both ways. Brief

Mercedes-Benz Aerodynamics trailer cuts air resistance by 18%, fuel consumption between 4–5%; new Aerodynamics rig truck

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This aerodynamics package is already available ex-factory for heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz trucks in long-haul transport. Click to enlarge. Trailer.

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2nd annual Bosch analysis of ADAS finds emergency braking and lane assist systems on the rise

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Automatic emergency braking systems are even more common in Belgium than in Germany. Second Bosch evaluation of driver assistance systems.