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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe. This collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 - Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures), with a particular focus on certain countries and regions, starting from Wallonia, Belgium.

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Leaseplan profits grow as private leasing soars in UK, Netherlands and Belgium

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Leaseplan, a global leader in fleet management and driver mobility, has published its headline annual results for 2016 and the future looks bright.

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First public hydrogen station in Belgium to be located on Toyota land leased to Air Liquide

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Construction has started on the first public hydrogen station in Belgium, to be operated by Air Liquide. Two regions of Europe are taking part in this project: the Brussels region in Belgium, and the Wer-Ems region in Germany. Air Liquide Group is actively involved in developing hydrogen stations around the world with a track record of 75 designed and delivered hydrogen stations globally.

Leaseplan profits grow as private leasing soars in UK, Netherlands and Belgium

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Leaseplan, a global leader in fleet management and driver mobility, has published its headline annual results for 2016 and the future looks bright.

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Honda reaches 300-million mark in cumulative global motorcycle production

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A Gold Wing 40 th Anniversary Edition produced at Kumamoto Factory, Honda’s primary motorcycle production plant in Japan, became the 300 millionth motorcycle that Honda produced globally.

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) Stakeholders General Assembly in Belgium

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The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) stakeholders’ general assembly will take place on 26 and 27 October in Brussels, Belgium. It is also a key platform for European and global stakeholders across sectors to come together to examine and assess the current position of this emerging industry.

JATO Dynamics: growth slowdown in Euro auto sales in March; SUVs still lead

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Volkswagen was the best-selling brand in March and across 2016 so far, leading the rankings in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland during the first quarter. —Felipe Munoz, Global Automotive Analyst at JATO Dynamics.

Prayon and Pulead to create JV for manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate material for Li-ion batteries

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Major cathode material producer Pulead (China) and phosphate leader Prayon (Belgium) have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for the manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) under licence from LiFePO 4 +C Licensing LLC. The joint venture will help meet the increasing global demand for licensed LFP. Global demand for LFP is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 30% between 2014 and 2020, mainly driven by industrial batteries, e-buses and e-cars.

ASTM International launches group to create standards for recovered carbon black (rCB)

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Thornton is the director of product integrity and performance at Micromeritics Instrument Corporation, a global company headquartered in Norcross, Georgia. The committee will host its first meeting on 27 March in Brussels, Belgium, in conjunction with the annual conference of the European Tire Recycling Association (ETRA).

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Renault introduces two new electric light commercial vehicles

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At the Brussels Motorshow in Belgium, Renault Pro+ introduced two new electric light commercial vehicles—New Kangoo Z.E. —Ashwani Gupta - Global Head of Light Commercial Vehicle Business.

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Prayon obtains worldwide sublicense for lithium iron phosphate battery material

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Belgium-based Prayon Group has obtained a worldwide. A new production facility will be operated in Belgium (at its main production site in Engis) in summer 2012. This licensing agreement will now help us to address the growing demand from global battery and automotive industries for reliable sources of high quality lithium iron phosphate.

Deloitte Survey finds only 4% of global consumers likely to be satisfied with current EVs despite increasing consideration and willingness to buy; higher ICE fuel economy reduces interest in EVs

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The Deloitte survey found global consumer interest in EVs is high. However, most global consumers, including those in the United States, would base their final decision on the greatest challenges associated with electric vehicles in the market today.:

Solvay launches rare earth recycling activity in France

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Belgium-based chemical group Solvay has opened two rare earth recycling units in France. Global demand for rare earths is growing at more than 6% per year, making these elements a strategic raw material. In order to diversify its sources of supply and preserve resources, Solvay has developed a process for recovering rare earths contained in end-of-life equipment such as low-energy light bulbs, batteries or magnets.

Volvo Trucks and Shell to cooperate globally on LNG for heavy-duty trucks

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Volvo Trucks and Shell will cooperate globally on the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a fuel for commercial heavy duty trucks. The truck is already available in Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK and at present the market roll-out is expanding into Italy and France.

Umicore and Prayon form beLife JV to develop and produce phosphate-based cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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industrial pilot plant in Engis, Belgium, that will be operational in the coming months with all materials produced. Prayon is a leading global producer of phosphate materials for various industrial applications and its high-purity. Jointly owned by OCP SA (Office Chérifien des Phosphates, Morocco) and SRIW (Belgium), Prayon. Materials company Umicore and phosphate producer Prayon are forming a joint venture—beLife—to develop and produce.

Global Ice Age Climate Patterns Influenced by Bering Strait

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The global climate is sensitive to impacts that may seem minor.

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. It will be responsible for the installation of the first Elektrobay roadside charging stations, which are scheduled to be completed ahead of this month’s COP15 global climate change conference in Copenhagen, which takes place from December 7-15.

Deloitte study concludes mass adoption of EVs in Europe is some distance away

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Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (DTTL) Global Manufacturing Industry group conducted a global survey to explore consumer adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Within Europe, 4,760 consumers in seven countries—Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and UK—were surveyed from 28 January to 10 February 2011.

Pike Research ranks ChargePoint, DBT as top EV charging equipment supply companies

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Pike Research forecasts that global sales of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37% between 2012 and 2020 as the global market for plug-in vehicles (PEVs) grows, rising from less than 200,000 units sold in 2012 to almost 2.4

Telefónica to provide M2M connectivity for Tesla electric vehicles across major European markets

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Telefónica’s global M2M solution—powered by Jasper—will enable connectivity for Tesla’s in-car infotainment telematics including navigation, online music, and internet browsing, and remote vehicle diagnostics that relay information about the car’s safety, security and performance to the driver and Tesla service in real time. Telefonica will provide Machine-To-Machine (M2M) connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe.

Deutsche Post DHL and Renault aim to intensify their collaboration on the use of electric vehicles

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Deutsche Post DHL has signed a letter of intent for a possible future global framework agreement with car manufacturer Renault. The intended global agreement shall contain the options for a future purchase of Renault Kangoo Z.E. is an electrified vehicle that is used to transport DHL Express shipments at the moment in France as well as in Aruba, Belgium, Denmark and Germany. As part of its global efforts, Deutsche Post DHL works with all major car manufacturers worldwide.

Ford and Schaeffler demonstrate Fiesta-based e-WheelDrive car; follow-up research project in the works

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At Ford’s Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium, Ford Motor Company and Schaeffler demonstrated the Fiesta-based eWheelDrive car. It is projected that by 2050 the number of people living in cities globally will have increased from 3.4 Fiesta eWheelDrive. Click to enlarge.

Stanford’s GCEP awards $10.5M for research on renewable energy; solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy

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The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has awarded $10.5 A team of scientists from the United States, Belgium and Scotland also received support for research that could lead to the large-scale conversion of cellulosic plants to biofuels: Optimizing yield and composition in lignin?modified million for seven research projects designed to advance a broad range of renewable energy technologies, including solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy.

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. Tesla doesn’t release monthly sales numbers, preferring to make quarterly announcements, nor it is now breaking out US-specific sales as its global sales footprint widens.

Nissan LEAF the best-selling EV in Europe in 2013

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In 2013, the Nissan LEAF was also the EV market leader in Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. The LEAF has now sold more than 100,000 units globally; 92% of Nissan LEAF owners are new to the Nissan brand. Nissan announced that it sold 11,120 LEAFs in Europe in 2013, more than twice the 2012 results and 25% more than the next best selling EV in Europe. The LEAF now holds 33% of the EV passenger car market in Europe.

ExxonMobil to invest >$1B in Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oil into diesel, other products

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ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical B.V.B.A., In addition to enhancing ExxonMobil’s strongly performing Antwerp facility, the new delayed coker unit will further strengthen ExxonMobil’s integrated downstream and chemical portfolio in northwest Europe to better compete in the challenging global industry environment. Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical B.V.B.A.,

ENGIE investing €100M in CNG/LNG stations in Europe to 2020

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ENGIE, a global operator in electricity, natural gas and energy services markets, will invest nearly €100 million from now to 2020 to build Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) stations for filling up the European fleets of trucks with natural gas and biogas. ENGIE is also engaged in the promotion of LNG as a marine fuel, with a bunkering vessel designed in partnership with NYK and Mitsubishi Corporation to be operational by end of 2016 in Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Aleris to invest $350M to upgrade Kentucky aluminum rolling mill for anticipated growth in automotive demand

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We have partnered with customers in the premium automotive segment from our Duffel, Belgium facility for years to develop and produce some of the most technically advanced lightweight aluminum solutions available today. Globally, Aleris produces a range of aluminum products for the automotive industry, including outer and inner body panels; structural parts; extrusions / profiles; and finished mechanical parts.

New study finds GHG emissions from palm oil production significantly underestimated; palm oil biofuels could be more climate-damaging than oil sands fuels

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Based on visual interpretation of high-resolution (30 m) satellite images, a new study in the journal Global Change Biology: Bioenergy determined that industrial plantations covered over 3.1 Mha (20%) of the peatlands of Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo in 2010, surpassing the area of Belgium and causing an annual carbon emission from peat decomposition of 230–310 Mt CO 2 e.

Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle launches in Sweden and Norway this summer, Netherlands later this year

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Toyota will launch the Mirai fuel cell vehicle in Sweden and Norway this summer, following other European countries that have introduced the Toyota Mirai in 2015 (UK, Germany and Denmark) or early 2016 (Belgium). Toyota estimates selling around 30,000 units a year globally in 2020 from 3,000 units in 2017.

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

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The site in Belgium will thus become a key plant for electric mobility at the Volkswagen Group. The model rotation will benefit all the sites of its global production network, Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler said.

Umicore selling its stake in beLife lithium iron phosphate JV to Prayon

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beLife was created by both shareholders in order to demonstrate the industrial scale production of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode material and to qualify this material at some of the major global Li-ion battery makers. Prayon and major cathode material producer Pulead (China) and phosphate leader Prayon (Belgium) have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for the manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) under licence from LiFePO4+C Licensing LLC.

ABB launches automated fast charging system for electric buses; inverted pantograph

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In July 2014 ABB announced that it signed a global cooperation with Volvo bus to jointly market fast chargers and buses. ABB is introducing an automated fast charging system which allows electric city buses to drive 24/7.

Ford planning to cut 18% of production capacity, 13% of workforce in Europe; anticipating more than $1.5B loss in Europe in 2012

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Addressing manufacturing overcapacity stemming from the more than 20% drop in total industry vehicle demand across Western Europe since 2007, Ford this week has outlined a series of cost efficiency actions including the planned closure of three European facilities: its Genk Plant (Belgium); a vehicle assembly plant in Southampton (UK), which builds the current Transit; and stamping and tooling operations in Dagenham (UK). New car registrations in the EU, 1990-2011. Source: ACEA.

Inaugural meeting of Volkswagen Sustainability Council; Group makes €20M available for projects

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The Council elected Georg Kell, Founding Director UN Global Compact, as its chair. The first areas of focus in 2017 for the body will be the challenges of global CO 2 emissions and the corresponding regulations post-2025, plus the company’s transformation process. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer – Deputy Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change.

Testing confirms Torotrak V-Charge variable drive mechanical supercharger enables more ambitious downsizing; 1.0L demo at Aachen

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Following the Aachen Colloquium, the V-Charge demonstrator vehicle will begin a series of test drives with global vehicle manufacturers and Tier One automotive suppliers in Germany, France, Belgium and the UK.

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

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The other countries currently covered are Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. More than 80 million GSM probes contribute to the TomTom real-time traffic system in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK.

Audi begins construction of first North American plant

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Audi’s current production sites include the German sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm; Brussels (Belgium); Gy?r With this new plant at an altitude of 2,400 meters (7,874 feet) above sea level on the Central Mexican Plateau, Audi is not only building its highest factory, but also the most modern factory in the global Audi production network.

SORL launches new electric air brake compressors for electric buses

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a supplier of brake and control systems to the global commercial vehicle industry, has launched a new generation of electric air brake compressors to be used in electric buses. WABCO Vehicle Control Systems—founded in the US in 1869 as Westinghouse Air Brake Company and now a leading Belgium-based global supplier of technologies and control systems for heavy commercial vehicles—also offers an electric air brake compressor: the E-Comp electrically-driven compressor.

Nissan Teams Up with LeasePlan to Bring Nissan LEAF to Europe

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The car will be mass-marketed globally from 2012 onwards. 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. million vehicles globally. LeasePlan, a Dutch financial institution specializing in fleet management, and Nissan signed an agreement to cooperate in a European-wide project to launch the electric Nissan LEAF in 2011.