TUM, partners to present electric aCar prototype at IAA; transport for sub-Saharan Africa

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Four-wheel drive is a must for the roads of Africa, the majority of which are not paved. Africa Electric (Battery

Why Africa gets filthiest diesel fuel: little regulation, global traders

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These firms often serve as both producer and distributor for fuels in Africa, according. Environmental emissions Study air pollution AfricaAll countries have to deal with emissions from diesel vehicles, but African nations have it worse than most. They often have few emissions regulations, something Swiss trading firms take advantage of by importing fuel that's too dirty for sale in other regions.

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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. The flights coincided with Boeing’s 100 th anniversary and centennial celebrations worldwide.

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. Its South African debut will come in October 2013 at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, and it

Ford expands Smart Mobility pilot program to deliver improved access to healthcare in The Gambia; motorcycles with sensors

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Pregnant women, children and those with medical conditions in The Gambia—one of Africa’s smallest, poorest countries—may have better access to healthcare through an expansion of a Ford Smart Mobility pilot program. Africa Big Data Connected vehicles Mobility Sensors

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

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Electric cars electric vehicles emissions South AfricaThe story about China’s coal-reliant electricity production resulting in electric vehicles (EVs) becoming more polluting than combustion cars (see story) may have been twisted by some unscrupulous media to imply that all EVs, wherever they are used, are a far-worse for the environment than oil-drinkers (see the usual suspects for more info). But sadly it [.].

Peugeot returns to the pick-up market in Africa; 2.5L diesel

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Peugeot is revisiting its history in the pick-up segment, particularly in Africa, dating back to the Peugeot 403 Camionnette-Bâchée of 1956, the Peugeot 404 Camionnette-Bâchée of 1967, and then the Peugeot 504 Pick-up which succeeded it until 2005, the last year of production in Nigeria.

Chromatin sorghum hybrids produce fivefold yield increase in East Africa

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an agriculture technology company, announced that its newly introduced hybrid sorghum seed products have achieved unprecedented yields in East Africa. Chromatin will distribute its high performing hybrid sorghum seeds across Eastern Africa to help meet the growing demands of the food and beverage industries, as well as meeting the growing needs for animal feed. Chromatin, Inc.,

5 African nations push for cleaner diesel fuel from European suppliers

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DON'T MISS: Why Africa gets filthiest diesel fuel: little. Environmental emissions energy policy air pollution AfricaAfrican nations have a very specific problem when it comes to dealing with emissions from diesel vehicles. Because of lax emissions standards, traders import fuel to these countries that is too dirty for sale elsewhere. But now a handful of African nations are taking a stand against this.

Ford to expand aggressively in Middle East & Africa; at least 25 new vehicles by 2016

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Ford Motor Company announced an aggressive product acceleration in its newest business unit, Middle East & Africa, leveraging the company’s One Ford global portfolio and targeting opportunities for growth in small, mid-size and large vehicle segments. During a special “Go Further” event in Johannesburg attended by 1,000 employees, Ford dealers, suppliers, government officials, and media, Ford pledged to launch at least 25 new vehicles by 2016 to Middle East & Africa.

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

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Exxon Mobil Corporation’s affiliate, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa Limited, will soon begin exploration activities offshore South Africa. The Impact Oil and ExxonMobil areas offshore South Africa. South Africa has no significant crude oil production.

LanzaTech collaborating with Swayana to convert waste gases from ferroalloy production to ethanol

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South Africa has the potential to produce more than 400,000 tonnes of ethanol per year from existing ferroalloy and titania producers. This would prevent the release of more than 700,000 tonnes of CO 2 per annum—the equivalent to removing 250,000 cars from South Africa’s roads. As part of the process development of this plant, a pilot unit was shipped to South Africa, and successful fermentation tests have been conducted with the smelter off-gas, supporting the PFS design.

Ford Racing offering programming handset to performance enthusiasts for EcoBoost aftermarket tuning

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Africa Engines Fuel Efficiency Power and torque curves for stock and performance-tuned Focus ST with 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost. Click to enlarge. Ford is now offering EcoBoost engines in all of its high-performance nameplates—from Fiesta ST to Mustang—enabling a new kind of aftermarket tuning.

Kia pledges African shrub planting support

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million to plant six million shrubs in Mali, West Africa over the next three years. Kia Africa Charity MaliKia has pledged to donate up to €1.5 The project, called ‘Kia – Planting for a Better Life’, will help to boost agriculture and economic activity for farmers and their farmers in Mali, with the car maker pledging to donate [.].

Boeing, South African Airways launch sustainable aviation biofuel effort in Southern Africa

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Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) will work together to develop and to implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain development at The Corporate Council on Africa’s 9 th Biennial US-Africa Business, attended by executives from leading US and African firms and government representatives from several countries.

Datsun to launch in South Africa by end of 2014; also India, Indonesia and Russia

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brand designing vehicles for high-growth markets, will return to South Africa. The first model to be introduced in South Africa will be a new passenger vehicle that will be launched by the end of 2014. Datsun will launch in South Africa with one passenger vehicle model; Nissan anticipates that a broader range of Datsun vehicles will be available in the future. Datsun, a Nissan Motor Co.

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. Its South African debut will come in October 2013 at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, and it

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 carsA dozen electric cars from the Renault-Nissan Alliance will be on hand for the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference which [.].

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). The GE C30ACi, the first AC diesel electric locomotive to be introduced to sub-Saharan Africa, will have a GE FDL engine that delivers 3,300 gross horsepower (GHP) using an electronic fuel-injection (EFI) system that automatically supplies the exact amount of fuel needed for optimal engine efficiency.

Ballard and Anglo American launch field trial of methanol-fueled fuel cell home generator in rural South Africa

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Ballard and Anglo American Platinum have partnered with Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, and The Department of Energy of South Africa to conduct the 12-month field trial. The trial is being conducted in the rural community of Naledi Trust, identified by South Africa’s Department of Energy as a suitable site, without access to grid power. —Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources.

IBM opens first global research lab in Africa; smarter cities with focus on water and transportation

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IBM is opening its 12 th global research lab, and its first in Africa. IBM Research - Africa will have its first location in Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration between the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) through the Kenya ICT Board. Key research areas that will be explored by IBM Research - Africa include: Smarter Cities – with initial focus on water and transportation: Rates of urbanization in Africa are the highest in the world.

Renault-Nissan Tangier plant inaugurates second production line; 340K vehicles per year, largest in Africa

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The result of a public-private partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Renault group, the second line makes the plant the largest in Africa. The Renault-Nissan Tangier plant inaugurated its second production line. The new line will increase the site’s output capacity to 340,000 vehicles a year, starting in 2014. It required an investment of €400 million and will produce Dacia Sandero and Dacia Sandero Stepway, two leading models in the Dacia range.

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. With demand for air transport doubling every 15 years, the global airline industry will require nearly 30,000 new aircraft (over 100 seats) by 2032.

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. Francis Gatare, Director of the Rwanda Development Board, and Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa, this week signed a memorandum of understanding for a new integrated mobility concept in Kigali in the presence of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. Volkswagen is consistently developing market potentials in Africa.

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 ). Optimal Energy has also signed an MoU with South-Korea-based EIG ( earlier post ) to explore the potential of setting up a manufacturing facility in South Africa for the nonexclusive supply of Li-ion battery cells to Optimal Energy. Engineering News.

Parkopedia to provide Audi with global in-car parking service

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Markets covered include Europe, the Americas, Japan, Australasia, Middle East and Africa. Parkopedia, the world’s largest parking service provider, has been selected to be the new global provider of Audi’s premium in-car parking services as of June 2017. The Parkopedia premium parking service will include off-street and on-street parking data as well as dynamic space availability for both legacy installed and new vehicles.

Energtek Plans to Implement Low-pressure Mobile Pipeline (LMP) Technology in Africa

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a developer of Adsorbed Natural Gas (ANG) technology, is planning to implement its natural gas distribution technology in western Africa. Energtek CEO Lev Zaidenberg, CTO Yuri Ginzburg and other staff members recently concluded a series of visits and meetings in Africa. Energtek Inc., The announcement follows a lengthy appraisal of commercial opportunities in the region. Earlier post.).

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Chevron-led consortium executes Mexico deepwater contract

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—Ali Moshiri, president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production. An international consortium operated by Chevron Corporation’s subsidiary, Chevron Energía de Mexico, S de R.L. de C.V., signed an exploration contract with Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), representing the Mexican government, for Block 3 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

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 Motor Corporation’s (TMC) production and sales subsidiary in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private, Ltd.

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 Motor Corporation’s (TMC) production and sales subsidiary in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private, Ltd.

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

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Project Mafutha is an investigation into the development of another CTL project in South Africa and is envisaged to be located in the north-western part of the Limpopo province due to the substantial coal reserves in the Waterberg region. The development would contribute to meeting the growing shortfall in South Africa’s domestic fuel production, most notably in the installed capacity for producing diesel and gasoline.

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 [.]. Electric cars Axeon Defender electric car land rover

SAIC-GM-Wuling to Export Mini-Commercial Vehicles to South America, Middle East and North Africa

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GM’s SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture signed a framework agreement with GM’s former Latin America, Africa and Middle East operations and distribution agreements with individual countries to export and distribute two of its most popular mini-commercial vehicles from China to markets in South America, the Middle East and North Africa.

Study: 87% of world’s population in 2013 lived in areas exceeding WHO PM2.5 guidelines

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No measurements came from the other four regions (Caribbean, Central Latin America, East, and Central sub-Saharan Africa) of the world. In 2013, 87% of the world’s population lived in areas exceeding the World Health Organization (WHO) Air Quality Guideline of 10 μg/m 3 PM 2.5

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Biofuel emissions six times higher than fossil fuels

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Biofuels Africa biofuel forest Jatropha KenyaAfrican biofuels destined for Europe will result in up to six times the carbon emissions of fossil fuels, a new study has revealed. The report, commissioned by the RSPB, ActionAid and Nature Kenya, focuses on the Dakatcha Woodlands in Kenya which the charities say are set to be destroyed to make way for jatropha plantations. [.].

Eni and Petrochina sign MOU to develop business opportunities in China and abroad; focus on conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons in Africa

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In particular, the companies will study common opportunities jointly to expand their operations in conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons in Africa. Eni signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CNPC/Petrochina, the biggest listed national oil company in the world. The Memorandum of Understanding sanctions a broad spectrum of possible business opportunities to the benefit of both parties in China and internationally.

Land Rover Greens Up Savannah Safaris With All-Electric Defender

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Going on safari to one of the many game parks found in Africa is a once in a lifetime experience for most. But trundling around in a gas-guzzling SUV to shoot some memorable holiday snaps of everything from lions and tigers to gazelles and rhinoceros is hardly very green is it? Enter european battery firm Axeon and the South African arm of U.K.

Researchers release 40 new varietes of sorghum for use in cooler, more temperate areas

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Sorghum, first grown more than 6,000 years ago in northeastern Africa, is a drought-resistant, hardy crop with numerous food, feed and fuel applications. Sorghum originates in the tropical areas of Africa—it does not like cool temperatures or the long days in temperate climates. Farmers in the southern plains of the United States have been growing this hardy cereal since the 1800s.

Pratt Whitney and Saudi Arabian Airlines Expand EcoPower Engine Wash Service Network to Middle East and North Africa; Up to 1.2% Savings in Fuel Burn

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Pratt & Whitney and Saudi Arabian Airlines signed an agreement expanding Pratt & Whitney’s EcoPower engine wash service network to The Middle East / North Africa. The agreement provides for Saudi Arabian Airlines to wash its own engines and provide engine wash services to other commercial airlines that fly within the Kingdom.