Mercedes-Benz EQC EV soaking up summer heat of up to 50?C in trials in Spain

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Mercedes-Benz will run the Mercedes-Benz EQC electric vehicle through hot weather trials in Spain. Optimum management of these physical characteristics is the aim of the extreme tests in Spain.

2018 95

Mobileye and Spain’s Road Safety Authority DGT collaborate to prepare for autonomous driving

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As part of the agreement, Mobileye and the DGT will promote the benefits of the adoption of ADAS for municipal and private fleets to support improved road safety across Spain. Mobileye and Spain’s DGT will also collaborate on defining the regulatory roadmap required for an autonomous future.

2018 78

SEAT joins Alastria for the development of blockchain technology-based solutions

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As the company that invests the most in R&D in Spain, SEAT is adapting its processes to the ongoing digital transformation of the automotive industry.

2018 134

BNEF: EV company fundings bright spot as clean energy investment slips in Q3 quarter; 3 China EV companies raise $1.9B

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billion in the third quarter of 2018, down 6% from the same period last year, according to the latest Clean Energy Investment Trends report from research company Bloomberg NEF (BNEF). billion in the first nine months of 2018, making this year certain to be the strongest since at least 2011.

2018 112

Audi unveils e-tron FE05 for new Formula E season

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By the end of July 2018, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) had homologated the car. A joint test with all of the competitors is scheduled for mid-October in Valencia, Spain. Audi unveiled the newly developed Audi e-tron FE05 for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

2018 120

GlobalData: Global lithium production to triple over the next four years

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per annum, global output is expected to triple between 2018 and 2022 to reach 154kt (metal content), as 86kt of new metal capacity comes on stream to meet the increasing demand for the metal for use in batteries in electric vehicles and smartphones.

2018 108

SEAT and Grupo Sesé pilot duo trailer; longest, most efficient truck on European roads

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Innovation is at the core of SEAT and these tests are in the same spirit that led us to bring the mega truck to Spain two years ago in partnership with Grupo Sesé. SEAT and Grupo Sesé have pilot-tested the duo trailer, the longest, most efficient truck driving on European roads.

2018 107

EEA: increase in EU GHG emissions, mostly due to transport, hampers progress towards 2030 targets

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The largest absolute growth in emissions occurred in Spain. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the European Union rose slightly in 2017, mostly because of the transport sector.

2018 111

Euro car market has best H1 of century; diesels down 17%; AFVs up 31% for 5.4% of total; SUVs booming

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on H1 2017, the growth recorded in Germany, France and Spain allowed the overall market to keep growing. The diesel decline continued during the first six months of 2018, as registrations were down by 17%. The European car market recorded its best H1 performance of the century, with 8.6

2018 107

SEAT takes first step towards micro-mobility strategy with electric eXS KickScooter powered by Segway

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SEAT is introducing the new eXS vehicle, which can be purchased at all of the brand’s dealers beginning in December 2018, at a cost of €599 (US$685). It will be available in Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal before the end of the year, and in the rest of Europe in 2019.

2018 95

EMT Madrid orders another 276 Citaro NGT urban buses with natural gas drive: 672 in total from 2020

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As Spain’s biggest urban bus operator, EMT employs more than 9000 staff, including 6000 bus drivers. EMT, the transport company of the Spanish capital Madrid, is set to receive another 276 Mercedes-Benz Citaro NGT urban buses with natural gas drive in the next two years.

2018 100

KIT spin-off producing synthetic natural gas from green hydrogen and CO2 from sewage sludge

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Chemical reactor company INERATEC , a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the Spanish company GAS NATURAL FENOSA have built a plant in Spain that produces synthetic natural gas from CO 2 and renewable hydrogen.

2018 89

Ford reveals production version of Transit Custom PHEV at IAA Commercial Vehicles

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Ford Transit Custom PHEV prototypes are undergoing a 12-month fleet trial with real-world customers in London, covering in excess of 50,000 km (31,000 miles) to date, and Ford recently announced further trials will begin in Valencia, Spain.

2018 105

Team develops high-capacity Li-ion sulfur battery; no Li-metal anode

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Now, a team from Spain, Italy and Germany reports an efficient lithium?ion Lecce, Giuseppe Antonio Elia, Álvaro Caballero, Julián Morales, Jusef Hassoun (2018) “A Lithium?Ion

2018 105

SAIC showcases battery-electric Maxus EV80 van range at IAA

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Initial deliveries were made to customers in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Slovenia with developments in Belgium, Italy, France and Spain due to be confirmed shortly as Maxus accelerates its Europe-wide growth plans.

2018 103

Volkswagen Group China, JAC and SEAT sign new deal advancing e-mobility in China

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Spain-based SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Volkswagen Group China and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp., The construction of the JAC Volkswagen R&D center will start before the end of 2018 and will focus on key areas such as connectivity, autonomous driving and other future strategic directions.

2018 73

Michelin 2048 goals: tires made with 80% sustainable material and 100% tire recycling

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At the Movin’On 2018 mobility summit, Michelin announced its ambition that by 2048, all of its tires will be manufactured using 80% sustainable materials (recycled and renewable materials) and that 100% of all tires will be recycled.

2018 94

BMWs to feature in-car intelligent personal assistant

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The BMW Group is introducing the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant—a new proprietary in-car AI assistant intended to enhance the BMW driving experience.

JATO: new car CO2 emissions rise for the first time in a decade in Europe; diesel down, gasoline up, SUVs up

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Diesel demand fell by double-digits in Germany and the UK, and in France and Spain it fell by 5.4% Average CO 2 emissions generated by new cars in Europe increased during 2017—the first rise in 10 years— according to a new analysis by JATO Dynamics.

2018 110

Audi Brussels to produce exclusively e-tron quattro SUV, battery packs; A1 production moving to Spain

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As of 2018, Audi Brussels will produce exclusively the commercial version of Audi’s e-tron quattro battery-electric SUV ( earlier post ). Audi will transfer production of the Audi A1 from Brussels to Martorell in Spain; in 2014, Audi Brussels produced 115,378 Audi A1 models.

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Mercedes-Benz says electric Vito vans skate through Arctic endurance testing

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The eVito, the second all-electric production model from Mercedes-Benz Vans after the Vito E-Cell of 2010, has been orderable since November 2017 with deliveries to begin in the second half of 2018.

2018 89

Diesel new vehicle market share in Europe in February dropped to 39.5%; SUVs still driving growth

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million units registered in Europe in 2018 so far, according to figures from JATO Dynamics. This growth can be attributed to key markets such as Germany, Spain and France, as well as five other markets (Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Estonia and Luxembourg), which posted double digit growth.

2018 89

SEAT and GAS NATURAL FENOSA partner to promote natural gas as vehicle fuel in Spain

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SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, and GAS NATURAL FENOSA signed a strategic agreement to promote joint innovation projects and expand the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in Spain. SEAT currently features compressed natural gas and gasoline hybrid technology on the Leon, in its 5-door and station wagon versions, and on the Mii, which will be joined by the CNG version of the SEAT Ibiza in the last quarter of this year, and of the new Arona crossover in 2018.

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Ford to launch new generation of Mondeo hybrid models in 2019; first Mondeo hybrid wagon

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The first hybrid electric vehicle manufactured by Ford in Europe, the Mondeo Hybrid is assembled alongside the gasoline- and diesel-engine Mondeo range at Ford’s facility in Valencia, Spain. Ford will enhance the fuel-efficient Mondeo Hybrid gasoline-electric vehicle range—including the introduction of the first Mondeo Hybrid wagon variant—from 2019.

2018 76

SEAT to introduce 500 km MEB-based EV, Leon PHEV in 2020

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The first two vehicles will be the SEAT Tarraco and the CUPRA Ateca, which are going on sale at the end of 2018. Of this amount, €464 million (US$572 million) were earmarked entirely for R&D, a figure which represents close to 3% of the total R&D investment expenses in Spain, making SEAT the leading industrial investor in Spain. SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, will introduce its first fully electric vehicle in 2020.

2018 81

Groupe PSA launching a new generation of small vans based on EMP2 platform for Peugeot, Citroën and Opel/Vauxhall

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The four brands’ models will be produced at the Vigo (Spain) and Mangualde (Portugal) facilities. Forerunner and historical leader of the leisure activity vehicle (LAV)—i.e.,

2018 89

Volvo’s Polestar 1 PHEV makes European debut; pre-orders open 13 March

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Polestar will open pre-orders for the Polestar 1 at 08:00 CET on 13 March 2018 with a request to the list of potential customers to pay a fully-refundable deposit of €2,500.

2018 84

ACEA study finds cost still strong deterrent for EV uptake across Europe; calls for “realistic” targets recognizing affordability

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and Spain 0.6%). A new study by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) finds that the affordability of electric cars remains a strong deterrent for customers across the EU, along with lack of infrastructure and lack of investment in infrastructure.

2018 84

Akasol manufacturing Li-ion systems for Daimler Citaro electric bus; Samsung cells

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Tempering has been shown to work efficiently and reliably both in winter tests in the north of Sweden where it was incredibly cold as well as on summer drives in the dry desert heat in southern Spain. Germany-based Akasol is manufacturing lithium-ion battery systems for Daimler subsidiary EvoBus. The leading European bus manufacturer plans to launch its new electric Citaro bus ( earlier post ) at the IAA Commercial Vehicles event in September.

2018 73

Ipsos study finds US among most skeptical of Autonomous Vehicles

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The survey was conducted in 28 countries around the world via the Ipsos Online Panel system: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.

2018 60

Global Bioenergies to lead $24M REWOFUEL project to demonstrate the production of isobutene-derived gasoline and jetfuel from wood residuals

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Evaluation of Gasoline applications by Repsol (Spain). Global Bioenergies will lead a consortium including Sekab, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, Peab Asfalt, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto Eurolysine, IPSB, TechnipFMC and Linz University in a 3-year project (called REWOFUEL) to demonstrate the production of isobutene-derived gasoline and jetfuel from wood residuals.

2018 65

Battery-electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus to debut in 2018 at IAA

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Mercedes-Benz will introduce its all-electric Citaro city bus ( earlier post ) in September 2018 at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover.

2017 78

Interim assessment finds Volkswagen’s “Think Blue. Factory.” environmental program tracking to meet 2018 goals of 25% improvement vs. 2010

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environmental program remains on track to meet its 2018 goals of reducing energy and water consumption as well as the share in waste, CO 2 and solvent emissions at all Volkswagen plants throughout the world by 25% compared with 2010 levels by 2018. Under the program, some 5,000 individual measures are to be taken by 2018. Awards for saving water at the plant level went to the Pamplona (Spain), Curitiba (Brazil), Zwickau and Chemnitz plants.

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EEA: small increase in EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, with transport emissions up for the fourth consecutive year

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These official data confirm the preliminary estimates published by the EEA in October 2018. The EEA will publish preliminary estimates of 2018 emissions in the autumn. Poland and Spain accounted for the largest increases in greenhouse gas emissions in absolute terms in 2017.

2019 90

European car market logs best year for alternative fueled vehicles, lowest diesel share since 2001

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The European car market remained stable during 2018, as 15.6 Throughout 2018 we continued to see the effects of the diesel crisis, as announcements of policy changes by governments led to confusion and panic among consumers.

2019 95

PSA and GM to build next-generation small light commercial vehicle

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PSA Peugeot Citroën (PSA) and General Motors (GM) announced that as part of their existing alliance agreement ( earlier post ), the next generation small light commercial vehicles (B-LCV) from both companies will be built in the PSA plant in Vigo, Spain. The first vehicles will be on the market in 2018.

2015 74

Porsche expanding Charging Service in Europe; more than 49,000 charging points

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Alongside Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland, the charging service is now also available in Norway, France, Spain, Great Britain and Italy. The Porsche Charging Service, the digital platform for all charging-related services, was launched in May 2018.

2019 111

SEAT to launch 6 electric and plug-in hybrid models, develop smaller version of MEB for lower-cost EVs

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More than 300 engineers will be participating in this project in Spain. In 2018 SEAT obtained the best results in its history. In 2018, SEAT exported 80% of its production output and consolidated itself as Spain’s largest industrial exporter, with close to 3% of the country’s total export figure. SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, presented its electric strategy which, until the beginning of 2021, includes six electric and plug-in hybrid models.

2019 73

Tesla Model 3 Europe’s best-selling pure EV in February in its first full month on the market

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This was largely because February marked a month of uncertainty for many of the bigger European markets, such as Spain, where registrations fell by 10% amongst political turmoil, and the Netherlands, where a change in tax on pure electric vehicles contributed to the 15% drop in overall registrations.

2019 99

LINE and Toyota partner for connected car services using LINE’s Clova & Toyota-supported SDL

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LINE unveiled Clova earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

2017 78

Ballard Power Systems establishing a Marine Center of Excellence in Europe for fuel cell applications

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In 2018 the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced a strategy to reduce GHG emissions from ships, including a 50% reduction in GHGs by 2050 as compared to the 2008 level, and complete elimination of GHGs as soon as possible in this century.

2019 90

Rhein Neckar Verkehr GmbH first customer for Mercedes-Benz electric Citaro bus

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The first vehicles will be delivered at the end of 2018, and then go into practical operation in the Rhein-Neckar metropolitan region as part of customer trials. Prototypes have, for example, already successfully run through initial winter testing in icy temperatures at the Arctic circle as well as summer testing in the heat of Spain’s Sierra Nevada. Rhein‑Neckar‑Verkehr GmbH will be the first customer for the fully-electric Citaro city bus from Mercedes-Benz. Earlier post.)

2017 60

Volkswagen to invest ~$1.2B in Zwickau plant to convert to pure e-mobility facility; MEB-based EVs

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At Emden, the total investment with a view to concentrating production of the Passat family at the plant from the end of 2018 will be about €1.1 As part of a projected €22.8 billion (US$26.9 billion) investment in its plants worldwide, the Volkswagen Group will invest about €1 billion (US$1.2

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