Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers comments on proposed MY2017-2025 LDV CAFE/GHG regulations

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has filed comments in response to the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Technical Assessment Report (TAR) for MY2017-2025 light-duty vehicle fuel economy/greenhouse gas regulations released last month by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ( earlier post ).

StreetScooter to form JV with Chery for electric light utility vehicles

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StreetScooter GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post and market leader for electric light commercial vehicles (eLCV), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chinese automobile manufacturer Chery Holding Group (Chery) establishing a joint venture between the two companies. Chery is one of China’s leading automobile manufacturers, with a 20% market share in electric commercial vehicles sector.

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StreetScooter showcases all-new versions of successful WORK and WORK L electric light commercial vehicles

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StreetScooter has presented the next generation of its successful all-electric light commercial vehicles (eLCVs): the WORK and WORK L. StreetScooter is a well-known early bird in the electric light commercial vehicle sector. The new version of the WORK L will also serve as the basis for electric light commercial vehicles for the Chinese market. StreetScooter’s new electric light commercial vehicle will also be pilot-tested at DHL Express in the USA.

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European manufacturers agree to plug-in grid specifications

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The move towards charging vehicles safely from the electric grid has advanced after Europe’s automobile manufacturers agreed to a first phase of joint specifications. The agreement only covers one- and three-phrase AC charging in the short- and medium-term and reflects the needs of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

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Honda launches new “Green Path” initiatives for manufacturing and operations; new $210M paint line at Marysville with new 4C2B process

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Significantly to reduce the CO 2 intensity and water use of its manufacturing operations. When complete, the new paint shop will be the most energy-efficient paint line in Honda’s US automobile production network. Auto body painting can account for upward of 60% of an automobile plant’s total energy use. Based on Honda research, the new MAP Line 1 paint shop will be the highest-volume application of dry booth automobile painting technology in North America.

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California ARB to begin enhanced testing of modern light-duty diesel engines to detect emissions cheating

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The California Air Resources Board sent a letter to automobile manufacturers notifying them that ARB will begin using enhanced testing procedures for modern light-duty diesel vehicles to determine compliance with emission levels to which they were originally certified. In addition, ARB made the following statement regarding actions related to cars with diesel engines manufactured by Volkswagen.

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2014 Nissan Versa Note Tops Subcompact Gas Mileage; Clever Aero, Light Weight

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As automobile manufacturers strive for greater fuel efficiency, it''s the low-hanging fruit proving most effective for immediate gains. That''s why Nissan''s new 2014 Versa Note--replacing the old 2012 Versa hatchback--has improved by a full 5 mpg on the old car''s combined economy. The 2014 Nissan Versa Note achieves EPA gas mileage figures of 31 mpg

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California, 6 automakers finalize bilateral Clean Car Framework agreements

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While California is challenging the Federal government in court to overturn the revocation of California’s waiver enabling the state to issue greenhouse gas restrictions on light-duty vehicles, it has finalized with six participating automakers individual bilateral agreements based upon a Framework unveiled last year. Under the framework agreements, gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks will get cleaner through 2026 at about the same rate as the former Obama-era program.

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GM China and FAW Establish Light Commercial Vehicle Joint Venture

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have formed a light commercial vehicle joint venture: FAW-GM Light Duty Commercial Vehicle Co. It is focused on the production and sale of light-duty trucks and vans. The new joint venture includes Ha’erbin Light Vehicle Co., which is located in Ha’erbin, Heilongjiang, and FAW’s share in Hongta Yunnan Automobile Manufacturing Co., Light-duty commercial vehicles will play a strategic role in China’s urbanization and rural development.

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Hydro-Québec partnering with Mercedes-Benz on development of solid-state battery technologies

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Solid-state lithium metal batteries are supposed to be a next important technology milestone, featuring a very high energy density, long life, and light weight. Hydro-Québec developed a first-generation solid-state battery in the 1990s and has continued its R&D to improve both efficiency and manufacturing methods. Batteries Solid-state Vehicle Manufacturers

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UCLA team devises method to weld previously unweldable aluminum alloy AA 7075; potential for wider use in automobiles

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Developed in the 1940s, AA 7075 long held promise for use in automobile manufacturing, except for one key obstacle. By comparison, an aluminum alloy known as AA 6061 that is widely used in aircraft and automobile parts, has a tensile strength of 186 megapascals in welded joints.) But the alloy’s resistance to welding, specifically, to the type of welding used in automobile manufacturing, has prevented it from being widely adopted.

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Vehicle sales on the rise in China

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This means that sales topped the one million unit mark for the fifth month in a row, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. By comparison, light duty vehicle sales in the USA in July were 977,824 units - that’s down 12 per cent year on year. Tags: Cars Green cars Latest news ChangAn Auto Company China China Association of Automobile Manufacturers China vehicle sales Chinese car companies

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EC proposes 95 grams CO2/km target for new cars by 2020, 147 grams for light vans; super credits for cars below 35g

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The European Commission today proposed targets for the further reduction of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) by 2020. The proposals would amend two existing regulations establishing binding requirements for manufacturers to meet the 2015 mandatory target for cars and the 2017 target for vans. Each European manufacturer will receive an individual annual average target for all its new cars registered in the EU in a given year.

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California ARB Adopts Regulation to Allow Compliance with Federal Light Duty Vehicle GHG Standards Satisfy California Requirements

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The Board’s action is the third and final step California committed to as part of an agreement with automobile manufacturers and two federal agencies announced last May by President Obama in the Rose Garden to establish the harmonized national GHG standard. The ARB is beginning work on a follow-up set of greenhouse gas regulations for light-duty vehicles (Pavley 2), targeting model years 2017 and following.

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European Auto Manufacturers Agree on First Phase of Specifications to Connect Plug-ins to the Grid

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The European automobile manufacturers have agreed to a first phase of joint specifications to connect electrically chargeable vehicles to the electricity grid in a safe and user-friendly way. This first phase of specifications only covers 1 and 3-phase AC charging in the short- and medium-term, and reflects the needs of passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles. Ivan Hodac, Secretary-General of ACEA, the automobile industry’s trade association in Brussels.

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DOT, EPA Set National Standards for Fuel Economy and First Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels For Light-Duty Vehicles

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mpg for the combined industry-wide fleet (cars and light-trucks) for model year 2016. Each light vehicle model produced for sale in the United States will have a fuel economy target. The CAFE levels that must be met by the fleet of each manufacturer will be determined by computing the sales-weighted harmonic average of the targets applicable to each of the manufacturer’s passenger cars and light trucks.

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Consumer Federation analysis of polling data and tech pricing finds consumer demands aligned with proposed MY 2017-2025 CAFE and GHG regulations for light-duty vehicles

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The CFA polling data finds continued strong consumer support for the proposed standards, which CFA rounded up to 55 mpg in its question (“ The federal government has proposed requiring automobile manufacturers to increase the fuel economy of their motor vehicle fleets to an average of 55 miles per gallon by 2025. ”).

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R?sselsheim Engineering Center developing next four-cylinder gasoline engine generation for Groupe PSA; optimized for hybrids

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The Rüsselsheim Engineering Center will take on the global responsibility for the development of the next-generation of high-efficiency gasoline engines for all Groupe PSA brands (Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Opel and Vauxhall). In addition to the responsibility for the new engine family, the engineering team in Rüsselsheim also leads the development of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) for the entire group. Engines Hybrids Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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EPA and NHTSA Issue Notice of Intent to Develop New Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Economy Standards for Light-Duty Vehicle Model Years 2017-2025; Proposal Expected by 30 Sep 2011

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The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to begin developing new standards for greenhouse gases and fuel economy for light-duty vehicles for the 2017-2025 model years. In recent months, the agencies have had important discussions with many individual automobile manufacturers and other stakeholders, and our intention is to continue such discussions.

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European automakers request 6-month postponement of new Euro standards due to COVID-19

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Mike Manley, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the current European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) president, has sent a letter to Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, requesting a 6-month postponement of the application dates of key upcoming EU standards, including: Euro 6d TEMP for heavy vans and ambulances (currently 1 September 2020); Euro 6d ISC?FCM

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First car using Nidec’s E-Axle traction motor system unveiled

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Weighing in at only 83 kg, the compact and light-weight system achieves a power output of 150 kW and a maximum torque output of 3,900 N·m. Although the traction motor system will be launched in the Chinese market first, Nidec plans to make the product available to European automobile manufacturers as well in the near future. Nidec started out as a manufacturer of small electric motors for appliances and other machines in 1973 in Kyoto, Japan.

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Provisional agreement reached on European CO2 standards for heavy-duty trucks; 30% lower by 2030

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The deal follows an agreement reached in December on new CO 2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) reacted to the agreement by noting that the reduction targets are “ highly demanding, especially as their implementation does not depend solely on the commercial vehicle industry, and the baseline for the targets is still unknown. ”.

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Honda targeting 2/3 of unit sales from PHEVs, HEVs and ZEVs by ~2030; PHEVs the core of electrification

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At the same time, it will introduce a new approach to automobile manufacturing which requires consideration of electrification beyond the concept of a “platform.”. He said that Honda will establish a structure where development teams at the spot can concentrate on creating automobiles and focus on the development of one whole vehicle as one product under a consistent concept. Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Hybrids Plug-ins Vehicle Manufacturers

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ACEA: EU commercial vehicle registrations: down 23.2% in Q1 2020; -47.3% in March

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across the EU, as measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 lead to the closure of dealerships, according to the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association). New light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5t. March registrations of light commercial vehicles took the biggest hit of all segments. In March 2020, demand for new commercial vehicles fell by 47.3%

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EPA annual trends report finds new vehicle fuel economy at record 24.1 mpg; new powertrain technologies rapidly gaining share

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The report, “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2014”, also found that the light truck market share increased slightly in MY 2013, after several years of volatility; that the vehicle weight trend is flat and vehicle power trend is increasing more slowly; that many new powertrain technologies are rapidly gaining market share; and that consumers have an increasing number of high fuel economy/low CO 2 vehicle choices.

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Auto Alliance pushing for passage of Maryland SB 1234 that would require state purchase of ZEVs; 50% of LDVs by 2026

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance) is strongly supporting the passage of Maryland’s SB 1234 , a bill that would require the State of Maryland to purchase zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) for state fleets. The bill phases in a requirement that, by fiscal 2026, 50% of light-duty vehicles purchased for the State vehicle fleet be zero-emission vehicles.

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Auto Industry and Utilities Urge President Obama to Create to National Electric Fuel Task Force to Accelerate Plug-in Adoption

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Organizations representing auto manufacturers, electric utilities and the electric drive industry are calling on President Obama to establish a new National Electric Fuel Task Force to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure. AIAM is a trade association representing 15 international motor vehicle manufacturers who account for 40% of all passenger cars and light trucks sold annually in the United States.

2010 81

SAE International Forms New Committee to Create Vehicle Battery Standards

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The SAE Vehicle Battery Standards Committee will report to the SAE Motor Vehicle Council, which is responsible for development of all passenger car, light duty truck and van standards within SAE International. We, along with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM), recognize the importance that batteries and battery technology play in the design and development of new vehicles.

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Automotive sales in Russia in 2015 down 35.7%

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drop for the entire year, according to figures released by The Automobile Manufacturers Committee of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) in Russia. In December 2015, sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia decreased by 123,682 units to 146,963 cars, according to AEB AMC. Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia decreased by 457% in December 2015, with a 35.7%

BMW AG takes 15.16% stake in SGL Carbon SE

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percent stake in SGL Carbon SE, reflecting its strengthening of focus on lightweight construction and the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) in automobile manufacture. SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers has built a carbon fiber manufacturing plant together in Moses Lake in Washington State in theUS. BMW AG has secured a 15.16

European Parliament rejects proposed veto of plan to raise diesel NOx limits temporarily for RDE deployment

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The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomed the vote. However automobile manufacturers welcome the much-needed clarity, and are eager to move forward by implementing the new testing conditions as soon the regulation is adopted. The proposed requirements are to be introduced in two steps: Car manufacturers would have to bring down the discrepancy to a “conformity factor” of a maximum of 2.1 (110%)

2016 73

Québec moves forward with a zero-emission vehicle standard

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Automakers that sell or lease a yearly average of more than 4,500 new vehicles (all light models combined) will be subject to the ZEV standard. The bill gives the Government of Québec the powers it needs to require car manufacturers to sell a minimum of zero-emission vehicles through a tradable credit system. The target will be calculated by applying a percentage to the total number of light vehicles each manufacturer sells in Québec.

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Tire-integrated triboelectric generator harvests electricity from rolling tire friction; est. up to +10% fuel econ

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An innovative method of reusing energy, the nanogenerator ultimately could provide automobile manufacturers a new way to squeeze greater efficiency out of their vehicles. During initial trials, Wang and his colleagues used a toy car with LED lights to demonstrate the concept. They attached an electrode to the wheels of the car, and as it rolled across the ground, the LED lights flashed on and off.

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March Auto Sales in China Up 55.8% to Record High

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Automobile sales in China in March jumped up 55.8% year-on-year to a record 1,735,100 units, according to figures from the Automobile Association, the Ministry of Information Industry cited by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). For the first quarter of CY 2010, automobile sales rose 71.9% million units, making the country the world’s largest automobile market.

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BAIC BJEV in strategic cooperation with Dresden University of Technology for lightweighting technology

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BAIC BJEV), a subsidiary of BAIC, signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Dresden University of Technology (TUD) to create the Sino-German Automotive Light Weighting Technology Joint R&D Center. The two also entered into a letter of intent on the establishment of Sino-German Automotive Light Weighting Technology Engineering Center Co., The Sino-German Light Weighting R&D Center will become the company’s fifth overseas R&D center. Beijing Electric Vehicle Co.,

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Japan Auto Production Falls 47.1% in April, Exports Drop 64.7%

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Production of light-duty vehicles, trucks and buses in Japan fell 47.1% year-on-year in April, marking the seventh consecutive month of declines, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). Japan’s exports of cars, trucks and buses fell 64.7% in April from the year-earlier month, also falling for the seventh straight month, JAMA said. Production of passenger cars was 415,804 units, down 47.2%.

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EU new car registrations down 7.7% in Q1 2012

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Over the first quarter of 2012, the EU market for new light duty vehicles shrank by 7.7%, compared to the same period a year ago, with a total of 3,312,657 new registrations, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

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Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor Group form new JV to co-develop electric vehicles in China

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It will draw on the global leadership on EV technologies and cost-effective car design experience from the Alliance, and the competitive manufacturing costs from Dongfeng. We expect to meet the transformation trend of the market in China; where cars are becoming light, electric, intelligent, interconnected and shared. According to the China Association of automobile manufacturers, China is the world’s largest BEV market.

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Ballard signs $12M agreement for 15 kW fuel cell stacks for commercial bus range-extenders in China

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DFAC), which is part of Dongfeng Motor Corporation, a Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturer headquartered in Wuhan. Dongfeng Motor Corporation is the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in China. In addition, this fuel cell stack product is integrated into Ballard’s FCvelocity-HD7 motive module to power transit buses and light rail vehicles.

2016 73

How many vehicles can the earth sustain?

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Furthermore, the number per capita of light-duty vehicles (cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans), which represent a vast majority (92%) of all vehicles in the United States, appears to have leveled off. The numbers of vehicles in the world in different years came from the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce, the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, and Ward’s Communications. by Michael Sivak. ?One

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China Zhongwang and Brilliance Bus partner to develop all-aluminum new energy public buses

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China Zhongwang Holdings Limited, the second largest industrial aluminum extrusion product developer and manufacturer in the world and the biggest one in Asia, has successfully designed, manufactured and developed all-aluminum new energy electric buses for Brilliance Bus (Dalian) Company Limited. Ltd, as an automobile manufacturing enterprise.

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ACEA: data show EU market for electric cars highly fragmented; need for inclusive measures

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The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published new data demonstrating the correlation between the market uptake of electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) and both GDP and customer incentives. Even though all manufacturers are expanding their portfolios of electric vehicles, we unfortunately see that market penetration of these vehicles is still very low and very fragmented across the EU.

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Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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In particular, this report demonstrates the necessity of maintaining the exemption for lead-based batteries within the EU End of Life Vehicle Directive’s wider ban on lead in light-duty vehicles. In order to optimise fuel efficiency improvements in each vehicle type, automobile manufacturers need the flexibility to choose the most appropriate batteries from a technical and economic perspective.

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