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Heliox to fast charge Volvo electric buses in Luxembourg

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End of route stations will be delivered Q2 2017, with one of the systems to be located at Sales-Lentz’ depot. Brief

ABB delivers OppCharge fast charger for electric hybrid buses to Bertrange, Luxembourg

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ABB has inaugurated the first OppCharge fast-charging station for electric buses in Benelux, in the commuter belt town of Bertrange, Luxembourg.

ABB installs two OppCharge fast chargers for electric hybrid buses in Luxembourg City

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ABB has installed two fast-chargers for electric hybrid buses at Luxembourg City’s central station. The chargers are based on OppCharge, an open interface for the automated charging of electric buses from any manufacturer ( earlier post ), and use a pantograph on the infrastructure to connect the bus to the charging point. Brief

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

Luxembourg bus operator orders five Volvo 7900 plug-in hybrid buses; ABB fast chargers

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Volvo has received an order for 5 Volvo 7900 plug-in hybrid electric buses ( earlier post ) from bus operator AVL (Autobus de la ville de Luxembourg). The five buses and chargers will be delivered towards the end of this year; one of the bus chargers will be placed at the central station in Luxembourg. Brief

Delphi and University of Luxembourg SnT partner on joint research on electronic control systems for automotive

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Leading global automotive supplier Delphi and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust ( SnT ) of the University of Luxembourg have signed a four-year agreement to cooperate on a joint research program involving electronic control systems for automotive applications. Emissions Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Systems

Volvo Buses officially launching plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid; up to 75% reduction in fuel consumption

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Hamburg, Luxembourg and Stockholm have already signed up for supplies of the buses in 2014 and 2015. Volvo Buses will officially launch the plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show in September. Total energy consumption is reduced by 60%. Earlier post.). Noise is a growing problem in many cities.

Compressed-Air Car Proponents Losing Faith

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Licensees of the much-hyped AirPOD minicar are pressing for results from Motor Development International, the Luxembourg-registered firm behind the compressed-air-powered vehicle. In recent postings to their websites and coverage by European news sources, some of MDI's partners are now openly questioning the technology and MDI's capacity to

ABB and Volvo Buses partnering on fast-charging system for hybrid and electric buses

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Volvo hybrid bus. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.) km or every 2 to 3 bus stops. The system is based on internationally certified standards.

Volvo Buses officially launches the all-new plug-in Electric Hybrid bus

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Hamburg, Luxembourg and Stockholm will implement the new bus system in 2014 and 2015. Click to enlarge. miles). Diesel engine. Gearbox.

Volvo’s Nova Bus and STM to test three electric buses and two rapid charging stations in Montréal

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The deployment of the City Mobility Program is in progress in several cities around the world, such as Göteborg, Stockholm, Hamburg and Luxembourg.

Car sharing network expands across Europe

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Car sharing service, BlaBlaCar is to expand its reach across Europe entering no less than five new countries; Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal. First launched in Paris in 2006, the company’s long-distance ride-sharing network now operates in nine countries across Europe including the UK.

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

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The 24 countries which are covered in the route, in alphabetical order, are as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Brief

First Tesla Supercharger in Switzerland

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Tesla plans that by the end of 2014, 100% of the population of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark will live within 320 km of a Supercharger station, with about 90% of the population in England, Wales and Sweden living within the same distance of a charging station. 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. Once just a small company based in Brighton, it seems there is now no stopping Elektromotive as it continues its European expansion.

Guy Nègre, founder of compressed air engine car company MDI, dies

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MDI , a Luxembourg-based company striving to commercialize a compressed air engine vehicle ( earlier post ), reported last week that its founder, Guy Nègre, had died. In the US, Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), the US licensee for Luxembourg-based MDI, is working to launch US-based production of MDI-powered vehicles. Earlier post.). Brie

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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By the end of 2014, Tesla expects that the entire population of the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg and about 90% of the population in England, Wales and Sweden will live within 320 km (199 miles) of a Supercharger station. Earlier post.). The company is now producing 550 cars per week. Q3 results.

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

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of Belgium; Technical University of Denmark; the City of Amsterdam; Public Research Center Henri Tudor of Luxembourg; and DSB Kommerciel of Denmark. 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.

Shell opens its first hydrogen fueling forecourt station in UK

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Shell is in the process of assessing the potential of future projects in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Shell, in partnership with ITM Power, opened the first hydrogen station to be situated on a forecourt in the UK. Brief

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

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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The highest level of support for such schemes existed in Luxembourg (71%), Italy (68%), the Netherlands (64%), Cyprus (61%) and Belgium (60%).

GE unveils LNG In A Box system

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The world’s first commercial application of the LNG In A Box system will be for LNG fueling stations in Europe to be delivered by Luxembourg-based LNG firm Gasfin through its operating company AIR-LNG, GE announced at the 17 th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG-17) in Houston. Brief

Daimler Financial Services acquires PayCash Europe SA; launching “Mercedes pay” e-payment system

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PayCash Europe SA is a financial institution that is regulated by the Luxembourg banking authority with a license for electronic cash. Daimler Financial Services AG is acquiring the electronic payment services provider PayCash Europe SA. The parties agreed not to disclose the details of the acquisition. Brief

Peugeot sells out limited production run of 3008 HYbrid4 Limited Edition

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Peugeot took the opportunity of the Geneva Motor Show 2011 to open reservations for its 3008 HYbrid4 Limited Edition numbered special series in the network and on the internet in 11 European countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Brief

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

Wrightspeed named as World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer

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Other selected pioneers come from France (2), Luxembourg (2), and Canada, Israel, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Wrightspeed Inc., Wrightspeed was chosen by a professional jury among hundreds of candidates as one of the 30 selected companies. Advanced Li-ion battery company 24M was also selected this year. Earlier post.).

Limited edition Peugeot 508 RXH sells out

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The innovative diesel-electric hybrid was made available across 12 European countries – Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom and Switzerland. Peugeot has announced that all 300 units of the limited edition 508 RXH were sold in just 3 days.

Boeing 747-8 Freighter makes transatlantic flight powered by 15% biojet blend in all engines

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It is scheduled to leave the air show the evening of June 22 and fly to Cargolux headquarters at Luxembourg for a two-day visit. 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

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ZPM launches crowd-sourced funding campaign to build compressed-air cars in US

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These plants are intended to sell 80% of the vehicles in the same geographic location they are produced. AirPod. Click to enlarge. Brief

US$7.5M JOSPEL project to develop energy efficient climate control for EVs; leveraging Joule and Peltier effects

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Industry and research partners from the involved companies and organisations in Spain, Croatia, Italy, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, France, Portugal, Denmark and Germany recently met in Valencia to align expectations and aims of the project. The main objective is the reduction of at least 50% of energy used for passenger comfort (.

Audi to ramp up A1 production

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The vehicle, which is now on sale in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, and will be on sale in most other European markets by mid-September, will see [.]. It’s considered to be the greenest car the company has ever produced (see article) and now Audi is expected to ramp up production of the new A1.

Nissan Teams Up with LeasePlan to Bring Nissan LEAF to Europe

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The thirteen countries involved in the agreement are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. LeasePlan is the first leasing company to offer the Nissan LEAF in Europe. The car will be mass-marketed globally from 2012 onwards.

Audi Boosting Production Capacity for A1 by 20%

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In response to reports from its dealers, Audi is increasing the production capacity of the new A1, which goes on sale tomorrow in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, followed by most other European markets from mid-September, by 20%. The Audi A1 is initially launching with three engine options: the 1.2 TFSI, the 1.4

Energy Crop Company Ceres Completes New Round of Financing

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The financing round was led by Artal Luxembourg and Ambergate Trust, and included European investment company Gimv, among others. Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. has completed a private offering of convertible preferred stock. The company also grew its international presence, and is deploying its seeds and technology in Brazil.

Growing Number of EU Countries Levying CO2 Taxes on Cars and Incentivizing Plug-ins

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Incentives for electrically chargeable vehicles are now applied in all western European countries with the exceptions of Italy and Luxembourg.

Volvo to deliver plug-in hybrid buses w/ fast overhead recharging to Hamburger Hochbahn as part of development partnership

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Volvo Buses has previously signed agreements regarding the implementation of electric hybrid buses or full electric buses with the cities of Gothenburg, Luxembourg, Montreal and Stockholm. As part of a new development partnership, Volvo Buses will deliver three Volvo Electric plug-in hybrids to Hamburger Hochbahn AG. Earlier post.). Brief

Field test shows Volvo Buses’ plug-in hybrid reduces fuel consumption by 81% and energy consumption by 61%; 21 mpg

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Hamburg and Luxembourg have already signed contracts for supplies of the buses in 2014 and 2015. Volvo Bus’ plug-in hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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. Very high temperatures were recorded in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in June and July coupled with low rainfall.

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

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TomTom, the leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services, has extended its HD Traffic portfolio of real-time (updates every 2 minutes) traffic products for congestion reduction with the addition of Australia, Canada, Luxembourg and Poland, bringing the total count of countries covered to 18. Click to enlarge.