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A123 Systems opening new manufacturing facility in Czech Republic; support for increasing volume of 12V and 48V Li-ion systems

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Li-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems is expanding its operations in Europe by opening a new manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic city of Ostrava. The opening of the new facility is the result of a substantial surge in European market demand for low-voltage automotive products, a strategic focus of A123. 48V Batteries

E.ON and Samsung SDI to cooperate in Li-ion stationary energy storage business

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will run battery projects in US, Germany, UK and Czech Republic first. SE recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Samsung SDI on co-operation in the energy storage business. The agreement focuses on solutions for grid stabilization, industrial customers and appropriate energy systems. and Samsung SDI Co., Brief

Hyundai Opens €1B Manufacturing Plant in Czech Republic

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billion) manufacturing plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic. With mass production having started in November last year, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC), a fully-owned subsidiary of Seoul-based Hyundai Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Co., officially opened its €1 billion (US$1.5

Successful first test run of Alstom Coradia iLint fuel cell train; signed letters of intent for 60 trains

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An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and Czech Republic in the coming months before the Coradia iLint performs its first passenger test runs on the Buxtehude–Bremervörde–Bremerhaven–Cuxhaven (Germany) route beginning of 2018. It enables sustainable train operation while maintaining high train performance.

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

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The extensive cooperation set out in the MoU includes several European Countries such as Italy, Romania, France and the Czech Republic and various areas of activities, like in-site fuel stations, R&D collaboration, cooperation with Governments and private stakeholders to develop CNG within the European DAFI, and the European project Connect2LNG.

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V4 countries form G4 Centre of Excellence for joint R&D in Generation-4 nuclear reactors

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Husinec, Czech Republic; MTA EK, Budapest, Hungary; NCBJ, ?wierk, The V4 is an alliance of four Central European states—Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The nuclear research institutes of the Visegrád Group countries (V4) (ÚJV ?ež ež a.s., wierk, Poland; and VUJE, a.s., Brief

Ford Car Buying Trends 2015 shows increasing demand for semi-autonomous driving technologies in Europe

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The overwhelming majority (98%) still chose gasoline and diesel models.Gasoline was the fuel of choice for 56% of European drivers and nowhere was that more the case than in Russia, where customers chose 96% gasoline-powered cars, followed by the Netherlands (87%) and the Czech Republic (83%). Powertrains. Body styles.

A123 Systems opens Czech plant to produce 12V and 48V Li-ion systems

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A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, recently celebrated the opening of its new manufacturing facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic at which A123 will produce more than 600,000 units of its low voltage automotive systems annually for European customers. Brief

Prague emergency service gets its first EV, a smart ed

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Prague (Czech Republic) Emergency service recently received its first electric vehicle, a smart ed (electric drive). The car is the first of 20 smart ed (electric drive) entering into the Czech Republic via a partnership with energy company E. Hybrid.cz It will be used for fast emergency response in the city center.

SEAT Componentes to manufacture new 6-speed manual for Volkswagen Group MQB platform; 450K units/year

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Located in El Prat de Llobregat, this is one of the facilities owned by the Volkswagen Group worldwide for the manufacture of transmissions, together with the ones in Kassel (Germany), Mladá Boleslav and Vrchlabi (Czech Republic), Córdoba (Argentina) and the four plants located in China (Tianjin, Dalian, Changchun and Anting). Brief

ŠKODA showing VisionC dual-fuel design concept at Geneva

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ŠKODA will showcase a five-door concept coupé—ŠKODA VisionC—powered by a CNG/gasoline bivalent 1.4 kg (5.1 VisionC. Click to enlarge.

Magna providing composite liftgate assembly for BMW i3 EV

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The liftgate assembly is being produced at a Magna facility in the Czech Republic, using advanced manufacturing and bonding processes to ensure a high-quality product scalable for high-volume production. Magna International Inc. The module is a completely assembled lightweight closure, ready for installation on the vehicle. Brief

Waze adds speed limits feature, planned drives

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Waze is rolling out the new feature first in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago and Uruguay. The rest of world will follow. It will stay there until the vehicle speed drops below the limit. Brie

FISKER AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERS WITH MAJOR EUROPEAN AUTO RETAIL GROUP

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Today, Fisker Automotive announces that they have selected the Emil Frey Group as a distributor in Europe, with locations in Switzerland, Germany, France, the Czech Republic , Hungary and Poland. Fisker Automotive continues to attract an impressive list of auto dealers in North America and Europe. Tesla Motors currently has three

First fire of new prototype 3-cylinder TGDI engine for China’s Changhe

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litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) engine prototype is the culmination of 11 months of work by Ricardo engineers at the company’s facilities in Shanghai, the Czech Republic, Germany and the UK, as well as a team of Changhe resident engineers who have been based at Shoreham. The new 3-cylinder 1.0 Brief

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

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

Skoda confirms new Rapid to sit between Fabia and Octavia

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The Czech Republic company has confirmed that the MissionL will be coming to the UK as the Rapid when it arrives at [.]. The Auto China 2012 show is in full swing in Beijing today, and Skoda is present with a modified version of the MissionL concept, seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011. Skoda Beijing China Rapid UK

Magna and bio-on to partner on bio-plastics for automotive industry

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Magna Interiors will utilize its facility in Liberec, Czech Republic, for joint testing. Magna International Inc., a leading global automotive supplier, and bio-on , an Italian intellectual property company, signed a cooperation agreement to start exclusive R&D activities on the use of bio-plastics for the automotive industry. Brief

Continental urea sensors for efficient SCR NOx aftertreatment in diesels; measuring level, quality and temperature

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R&D for the urea sensor is located in Nuremberg (Germany) and in the new competence center at Ostrava (Czech Republic), which was only opened in 2014.

Chart to provide fuel system for LNG-Hybrid barge delivering shore power in Hamburg

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All engineering, major capital equipment and assembly will be performed by Chart’s operations in Decin, Czech Republic. Click to enlarge.

Constellium investing $20M in Decin Site to boost production of specialty aluminum alloy products for automotive market

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has finalized a €15-million (US$20-million) investment in its site located in Decin, Czech Republic, to further its strategy of boosting production capacity of high-volume specialty alloy products to supply primarily the European automotive market. Constellium N.V. Brief

New Car Registrations in Europe Down 18.3% in February

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Other major markets were down with 7.7% (Czech Republic), 46.4% (Hungary) and 66.5% (Romania). Looking at the cumulative figures from January to February, Poland ranked first in absolute numbers with 56,841 new cars registered (+0.7%), followed by Romania (-58.8%), the Czech Republic (- 10.0% ) and Hungary (-31.4%).

PSA Peugeot Citroën to supply Toyota Europe with light commercial vehicles for the European market

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in the Czech Republic. Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC’s) European. subsidiary Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) and PSA Peugeot Citroën (PSA) have. signed an agreement under which PSA will supply light commercial vehicles to TME for. sale under the Toyota brand in the European market. There are no plans. Toyota and PSA. Brief

Ford Focus 1.0L EcoBoost model accounts for 23.3% of Focus orders in April in Europe

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The Euro 19 markets are: Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Across Europe, more than 4,700 customers ordered a Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost in April, accounting for 23.3% Brief

DLR researchers use new camera to show deformation of propeller blade during flight

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Scientists at DLR Göttingen have shown the deformation of an aircraft propeller blade during flight. Click image to view video on DLR site. Brief

BMW updates BMW Connected with expanded services, device support and availability

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BMW Connected was already offered in the USA, Germany, Austria, UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Luxembourg. From October, Android-based smartphones will also be supported. Brief

Dürr sells 2,000th sealing robot

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The EcoRS 30L16S milestone machine will perform rough seam sealing at Škoda in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, and it will also be a first. One trend in automotive manufacturing is toward fully automatic sealing of welds; robots are increasingly performing this task in automobile production. Dürr has now sold its 2,000 th sealing robot.

KSPG awarded $342M in contracts for new compact EGR valve

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The valves are made not only at the German plants but also in the Czech Republic, Spain, USA, India, and China. Compact EGR valve.

Volkswagen Group outselling GM in China

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The positive delivery performance in Poland and the Czech Republic in particular offset the slight decline in Russia (-2.5%). The Volkswagen Group is having a very strong sales year so far in China. For September, deliveries were up 20.1% to 382,300 units compared to September 2015. to 2,853,900 from the year before. million was 37.5%.

JRC Report Concludes Extreme Weather Wont Affect Average Levels of European Crop Output for 2010; Yields Up, Although Acreage Down; Heat and Drought Have Huge Impact on Russia

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Meanwhile, both spring and early summer brought a severe shortage of rain to Belgium, the Czech Republic, northern Germany, Greece, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, eastern Poland and the UK. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia were hit by floods in the spring. year-on-year, and 5.0% Resources.

Europe Passenger Car Registrations Down 7.4% in April

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Of the largest markets, Germany registered the largest number of new cars (259,414 units) though new registrations declined the most (-31.7%) percentage-wise, followed by Italy (-15.7%), the Czech Republic (-13.2%), Poland (-11.9%) and Austria (-11.6%). New passenger car registrations in Europe fell by 7.4% Source: ACEA. in Portugal.

Research Suggests Renewables Could Generate 40% of Global Power by 2050

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The Czech Republic, meanwhile, is also a major supporter of renewable energy. This would help the Czech Republic fulfil its pledge to increase twofold its renewables-generated electricity (in gross domestic power consumption), which amounted to 4% in 2008. Professor Petersen.

Chevrolet Extends LPG Portfolio Throughout Europe

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Switzerland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain will offer LPG-versions in addition to the regular gasoline and diesel range. In 2009, Chevrolet will further expand its LPG product range throughout Europe. Chevrolet’s strategy is to offer LPG versions for its entire product line-up.

Proton Motor Previews Triple-Hybrid Electric Drive Passenger Bus

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The project was coordinated by UJV, a leading research institution in the Czech Republic. Proton Motor supplied the propulsion system.

Continental Introduces Its First Turbocharger

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Series production of Continental’s turbocharger will start in 2011 at the Trutnov plant in the Czech Republic. Click to enlarge.

Kia introducing bi-fuel gasoline-LPG Picanto in Europe

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Initially, the bi-fuel model will be available in Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands, where it expected to account for up to 7% of Picanto sales. Picanto Click to enlarge. The new variant, introduced at the Frankfurt show, will record fuel economy in LPG mode of 5.8 l/100 km (40.6 Europe LPG

DirectFuel Project Targeting Direct Conversion of Solar Energy and CO2 to Engine-ready Hydrocarbon Fuels

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The EU’s DirectFuel project, which launched on 1 October, intends to develop a photobiological process for the direct conversion of sunlight and CO 2 into engine- and infrastructure-ready transport fuels such as propane. The 4-year project will have funding of up to €3.73 million (US$5.1 million). theoretical life cycle analysis.

European consortium investigating graphene-based materials for lightweight cars; energy-efficient and safe vehicles

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The 66 new partners come from 19 countries, six of which are new to the consortium: Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Israel.

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

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The novel system will be piloted in six European cities: Brno (Czech Republic), Bucharest (Romania), Florence (Italy), Munich (Germany), Oslo (Norway) and Vienna. EU-funded scientists are piloting a service that will allow people to determine the best way of making journeys in cities. million (US$3.95 Total project cost is €4.58

DAF Putting LF Hybrid Truck Into Production; Eaton Hybrid System

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DAF is the market leader in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. The DAF LF hybrid.