Solaris secures order for 200 hybrid buses in Belgium; BAE Systems drive, ultracap energy storage

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Solaris—one of the leading bus manufacturers in Europe—has secured an order for more than 200 hybrid buses from Société Régionale Wallonne du Transport, the primary bus operator in Wallonia, Belgium. —Ian Wilson, Global Business Development director for BAE Systems. For Solaris, this order is its biggest success in Belgium.

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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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.

Umicore to Build Battery Recycling Plant in Belgium

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Umicore will build an industrial scale recycling facility for end-of-life rechargeable batteries in Hoboken, Belgium. The move to electrified automotive transport is expected to be a global trend and Umicore will, in time, be evaluating the extension of this new recycling technology to other regions. The investment will enable Umicore to deal with the expected growth in the availability of end-of-life Lithium-ion, Lithium-Polymer and Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable batteries.

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.

Global Bioenergies, Clariant and INEOS in €16.4M EU-funded project to demonstrate the production of isobutene derivatives from straw

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Global Bioenergies is partnering with Clariant, INEOS, IPSB, TechnipFMC and Linz University in a €16.4-million (US$18-million) project to convert currently poorly valorized residual wheat straw into second-generation renewable isobutene for subsequent conversion into oligomers usable in lubricants, rubbers, solvents, plastics, or fuels. Global Bioenergies will receive funding amounting to €4.4

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Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Some expect both to remain steady due to global economic conditions while others point to the return of $3/gallon gas (in the states) fueled mainly by an increase in foreign demand. Belgium.

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.

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Global Ice Age Climate Patterns Influenced by Bering Strait

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

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First China-built Volvo S90 sedans arrive in Europe via rail link

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The first S90 premium sedans, built at Volvo’s Daqing plant in China, will arrive at a distribution centre in Zeebrugge, Belgium this week. The cars have been transported to Belgium via the recently opened, China-Europe railway link.

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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.:

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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.

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Imec produces prototype solid-state Li-ion battery with 200 Wh/L; solid electrolyte applied as a liquid

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Imec, a global research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technologies, has fabricated an innovative type of solid-state Li-ion battery achieving an energy density of 200 Wh/liter at a charging speed of 0.5C (2 hours).

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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.

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Saft building European alliance for 7-year R&D push on advanced Li-ion and solid-state batteries; targeting gigafactory production scale

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France-based advanced battery-maker Saft, a wholly-owned subsidiary of international energy giant Total, is building an alliance with other European partners to launch an ambitious program of research, development and industrialization for new generations of batteries focusing on advanced high-density Li-ion and solid-state battery technology. The program addresses all market segments, such as electro-mobility (EV, e-Bus, Railway, Marine, Aviation), energy storage (ESS) and specialty industries.

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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.

UPS launches delivery eBike in Pittsburgh

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The company currently operates inner-city delivery projects with delivery on foot and by bike in Frankfurt, Offenbach, Hamburg, Munich, Oldenburg and Herne, Germany, as well as in Leuven and Mechelen, Belgium; Rome and Verona, Italy; Toulouse, France; and Dublin, Ireland.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Leclanché signs preferred partnership agreement with Škoda Electric to supply battery packs for electric buses

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In 2015 Leclanché unveiled its first all-electric bus in Belgium. The global e-bus fleet comprised approximately 173,000 vehicles in 2015 of which 170,000 were in China.

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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.

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Ipsos study finds US among most skeptical of Autonomous Vehicles

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Although there is widespread interest in autonomous vehicles (AVs), the US—one of the largest auto markets in the world—expresses higher levels of resistance than most nations, according to a new study by Ipsos, a leading global market research firm. Globally, a majority of those surveyed say that AVs will be easier, more comfortable safer, more relaxing, more economical, more enjoyable, and friendlier to the environment.

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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.

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$70M H2ME project launches in Europe to deploy 325 fuel cell vehicles and 29 refueling stations

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Under H2ME, these initiatives will deploy 200 FCEVs, 125 fuel cell range-extended electric (FC RE-EVs) commercial vans and 29 new HRSs in 10 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK) by 2019.

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

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The European debut follows its global media reveal in Shanghai, China, in late 2017. Polestar, Volvo Cars’ new electric performance brand, introduced the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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Opel to introduce new Euro 6 1.6 CDTI diesel in Geneva; 57 mpg US in the Zafira Tourer

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CDTI ECOTEC diesel and its engine control unit were entirely developed in-house by a global team of engineers in Turin, Rüsselsheim and the USA. The new 1.6 CDTI diesel delivers 100 kW/136 hp and 320 N·m of torque for fuel consumption in the Zafira Tourer of 4.1

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Satellite method provides insight into ozone-NOx-VOCs sensitivity for different locations

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We use the GEOS-Chem global chemical transport model to evaluate the quantitative utility of FNR observed from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument over three northern midlatitude source regions. Ozone pollution near Earth’s surface is one of the main ingredients of summertime smog.

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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.