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Nissan LEAF going on sale in South Africa next year

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On Tuesday, Nissan announced the LEAF will become the first electric car for sale in South Africa in the Spring of 2014.

Ford Sustainability Report details pilot program in South Africa to deliver health care, education

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A new Ford Motor Company pilot program aims to enhance mobility health services in rural areas of South Africa and Nigeria. Investing $4.5

Ballard and Anglo American Platinum partner on a range of fuel cell applications in South Africa

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Ballard Power Systems and Anglo American Platinum Limited, the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals, are working in partnership on a number of early-stage stationary and motive power applications of fuel cells in the South African market. COP17 was a high-level summit on climate change. Brief

Electric vehicles will not help South Africa cut emissions, say researchers

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Electric cars electric vehicles emissions South AfricaBut sadly it [.].

ExxonMobil to explore offshore South Africa; deal for 75% interest in Tugela South

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These exploration rights and the affiliate’s participating interest in them are subject to South African government approval. Click to enlarge.

South Africa Revitalizes Efforts on Automotive Li-ion Batteries

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South Africa is reinvigorating its efforts to develop automotive lithium-ion batteries, with the government’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) now determining the commercial feasibility of battery manufacturing in the country. Engineering News.

Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems, The National Aerospace Centre, and Airbus to research use of fuel cells for commercial airliners

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Airbus and South Africa’s National Aerospace Centre will jointly fund research by Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) into the application of fuel cells on airliners. The initial three-year project is being undertaken by HySA Systems Competence Centre at its University of the Western Cape research facility. Brief

South Africas Optimal Energy Considering Battery Swap with the Joule EV

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South Africa-based Optimal Energy is considering using a battery-swap scheme with its Joule electric vehicle ( earlier post ). Engineering News. The car will be onsale in 2013. Optimal Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany-based EDAG, a German automotive full- service supplier, to industrialize the Joule.

Toyota to start vehicle exports from India; Etios to South Africa in 2012; the priority of emerging markets

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TKM), will begin exporting the Etios series sedan and hatchback to South Africa in March 2012. The models for export will be based on the Etios platform currently sold in India, but will be developed and produced to fit the lifestyles, consumer preferences, climate, road conditions and usage considerations in South Africa.

Toyota to start vehicle exports from India; Etios to South Africa in 2012; the priority of emerging markets

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TKM), will begin exporting the Etios series sedan and hatchback to South Africa in March 2012. The models for export will be based on the Etios platform currently sold in India, but will be developed and produced to fit the lifestyles, consumer preferences, climate, road conditions and usage considerations in South Africa.

Exxaro Partners With Sasol Mining in JV to Supply Potential Mafutha CTL Plant in South Africa

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Exxaro Resources Limited, a South African-based mining group, has entered into a prospecting joint venture agreement with Sasol Mining Proprietary Limited (Sasol Mining) for the development of a new coal mine to supply Sasol’s potential new inland coal-to-liquids (CTL) project.

GE Transportation to Supply 100 Locomotives to Transnet in South Africa; First AC Diesel Electric Locomotive to Sub-Saharan Africa

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GE South African Technologies (GESAT), GE Transportation’s entity in South Africa, will supply 100 locomotives to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). TFR is South Africa’s state-owned rail freight logistics utility; Transnet Limited is its parent company. It feeds the port of Saldanha Bay, for export to a global market.

Land Rover EV discovers its wild side

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It will be enough to make a Lion jump.Axeon and Jaguar Land Rover South Africa have worked together to produce an electric version of the Defender for use in game parks, minimising both environmental and noise pollution. The model has already proven that it can get closer to the wildlife thanks to its silent running [.].

Boeing, South African Airways and Mango celebrate Africa’s 1st commercial flights with sustainable aviation biofuel from tobacco

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Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango celebrated Africa’s first passenger flights with sustainable aviation biofuel.

TU Bergakademie Freiberg launches OTTO-R project with VW Group, Shell, OMV as partners; P2X for green gasoline

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The Freiberg researchers will pilot test and demo a new Fischer-Tropsch synthesis process developed in South Africa for the production of kerosene. STF first converts natural gas-based synthesis gas to methanol in an isothermal reactor; the methanol is then transformed into high-octane gasoline via the intermediate methanol. million.

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Study shows gasoline pre-blending in ethanol production could cut energy requirements of separation by 17-40%

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The most prevalent use of bioethanol is not as a fuel in its pure form but rather as an additive to petrol. —Stacey et al. and 40.8% Resources.

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GE posts $63M in orders for Durathon sodium-halide battery systems

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In its first weeks of operation, the business secured 10 new telecom customer orders across several regions, including Africa, Asia, India and the US powering a total of more than 3,500 cell towers. GE’s Energy Storage business announced $63 million in new Durathon sodium-halide battery orders since the business launched in July. Brief

Volkswagen establishes new Sub-Saharan Africa region

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The Volkswagen brand has established a "Sub-Saharan Africa” region to develop and strengthen its activities in the African market. Sub-Saharan Africa refers to the area of the African continent south of the Sahara. The region will be headed by Thomas Schäfer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa.

Ford cuts global water use 8.5% per vehicle from 2011 to 2012; total usage down 62% since 2000

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Silverton Assembly Plant (South Africa): Began using a $2.5 Outside of the company, The Ford Fund in 2012 supported 19 different water-related projects in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India, Germany and South Africa. Ford has reduced the average amount of water used to make each of its vehicles by 8.5% Brief

Hydro-Québec and Technifin form partnership to license lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies for Li-ion battery applications

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Hydro-Québec (Canada) and Technifin (South Africa) have entered into an intellectual property collaboration agreement relating to the licensing of their respective intellectual property (IP) in lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies, notably for lithium-ion battery applications. It operates at 1.5 Batteries

Electric cars head to UN Durban climate change talks

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As climate talks in Durban, South Africa get underway today, a host of electric cars will be on hand to give COP17 delegates the chance to try out the cleaner future in the automotive industry. Green credentials Africa climate conference COP17 Electric cars

Nissan to provide LEAFs and LEAF-to-Home power supplies to roadside rest stations in Japan

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Nissan LEAF to go on sale in South Africa. The Nissan LEAF will make its South African debut at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October 2013, going on sale to the public at the same time. Nissan is the first brand to explore EV retail in South Africa and we are extremely proud to be able to say “we were first”.

Volkswagen Group and Tata Motors Ltd. to explore strategic alliance for joint development projects; ŠKODA to lead

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Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

GE to expand sodium-halide battery plant with $70M investment

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Megatron Federal, an engineering company with products and services in power generation, transmission, distribution, construction and telecommunications based in Johannesburg, South Africa, has signed a purchase agreement for 6,000 batteries, which will be delivered in 2013. —GE Chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt. Brief

Global investment in renewable power reached $270.2B in 2014, ~17% up from 2013; biofuel investment fell 8% to 10-year low

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billion) and South Africa ($5.5 Global investment in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydro-electric projects) was $270.2

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PwC analysis finds meeting 2 C warming target would require “unprecedented and sustained” reductions over four decades

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Other G20 (Australia, Korea, EU, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Argentina). per year through 2050. Click to enlarge. —PwC report.

51% of BMW Group’s electricity worldwide from renewable sources; targeting 100%

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At the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, a methane gas system provides around 50% of the energy required for production. At the Rosslyn plant in South Africa, the foundation stone for a combined heat and power unit fired by biogas was laid at the end of 2014. However, economic viability is essential for implementation. Brie

Audi introducing supercharged gasoline engine version of SQ5 SUV at Detroit Show

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New Audi SQ5. Click to enlarge. The new Audi SQ5 shown at the Detroit Auto Show is powered by a 3.0L Various measures dampen compressor noise. Brief

Direct methanol fuel cell company Oorja closes Series E funding

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Oorja, developer of methanol fuel cells in the power range from 1 kW to 20 kW, announced the close of a Series E investment round. Earlier post.) New investor Mingxin China Growth Fund joined previous backers including DAG Ventures in the oversubscribed round. The global fuel cell industry surpassed $1 billion in revenue in 2012, growing from $847.5

Ford to offer new 5-cylinder 3.2L diesel in Transit van in North America next year

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The Power Stroke 3.2-liter is manufactured in Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Click to enlarge.

Opinion: Everyone Is Guessing When It Comes To Oil Prices

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by Nick Cunningham of Oilprice.com. Predicting and diagnosing the trajectory of oil prices has become something of a cottage industry in the past year.

Mercedes-Benz Vans shows pickup truck concepts; market launch in late 2017; diesel V6

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The key markets will be Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia with New Zealand, and Europe. Click to enlarge. tons possible.

A Tale of Two Toyota Corollas: U.S. Buyers Get More For Less

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Which is how a pair of very plain 2010 Toyota Corollas in South Africa taught us a few lessons about fuel economy, green value, and what other countries drive. Toyota has built cars in South Africa When auto editors go on vacation, we rent cars too. The bottom line: U.S.

Boeing partners with South African Airways to convert Solaris energy tobacco into jet fuel

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Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from Solaris, a new hybrid tobacco plant optimized for seed production for energy applications. In coming years, Boeing expects emerging technologies to increase South Africas aviation biofuel production from the rest of the plant.

What Do African Medics Drive? This One Has A Subaru Forester

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On major drive events, including our May tour of South Africa’s Garden Route in new 2014 Subaru Forester XTs, organizers often include a medic among the team. This ensures prompt response to emergencies when the group may be hours from the nearest medical facility.

New A-Class to offer radar-based collision prevention assist as standard along with array of other advanced safety options; fuel consumption down by up to 35%

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Field tests carried out by Mercedes-Benz in Europe, the US, Japan and South Africa over a total distance of more than 4.5 l/100 km (31.8

Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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Cutaway of the 875cc TwinAir. Click to enlarge. Fiat’s 875cc TwinAir engine ( earlier post ) was named the International Engine of the Year 2011.

Volkswagen plans integrated mobility concept in Rwanda; vehicle production in Kenya

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Volkswagen is taking a further step to develop market potentials in Africa. At the inauguration, Diess underlined Kenya’s key role within the Volkswagen brand’s Africa strategy: “ After over 60 years of Volkswagen vehicle production in South and North Africa, I am delighted to now have a further site in Kenya. The Hon.

Fuel-cell maker Ballard acquires IdaTech’s backup power system product lines, ip and customer base

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Strategically, it provides Ballard with additional product capabilities with methanol fueled systems and key customer relationships in leading markets for fuel cell commercialization, such as Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America as well as South Africa. IdaTech supplies both hydrogen- and methanol-fueled systems. per share.

Getting Younger Generations Interested In Electric Cars

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Cape Town in South Africa has just hosted the end of a journey of almost 2,500 miles on solar, hydrogen or electric power. The race, the South African 2010 Solar Challenge, was won by Japan's Tokai Challenger, a solar-powered vehicle with a top speed of 100mph which has previously won the 2009 Solar Challenge.