Westport and Volvo Car to introduce V90 Bi-Fuel into Belgium and Luxembourg

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Westport AB, a Westport Fuel Systems company, announced that Volvo Car will introduce the Bi-Fuel version of its new V90 station wagon in Belgium and Luxembourg. Belgium currently has 5,400 natural gas vehicles on the road and a developed infrastructure network that includes 73 CNG stations. —Didier Hendrickx of Natural Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA) Belgium. Final installations are done at a Westport facility located at the Volvo Car assembly plant in Gothenburg.

European Fast-E project launches; 278 fast-charging points in Germany and Belgium

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The Fast-E project, co-financed by the European Union and nine companies, has officially launched , with the objective of installing 241 fast-charging charging stations in Germany and 37 in Belgium. The 278 charging points set up every 80 km along Germany and Belgium’s main motorways, will allow drivers of electric vehicles to “refuel” and extend their car’s range.

Volvo Buses receives order for 90 electric hybrid buses and fast charging stations from Belgium

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Delivery and installation will get under way this autumn. Volvo Buses has secured its largest order yet for complete solutions for electric bus traffic. The Belgian cities of Charleroi and Namur have together ordered 90 Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses as well as 12 charging stations.

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

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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. 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.

Elektromotive heads to Belgium and Luxembourg

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UK based Elektromotive is making headway in the electric vehicle recharging market after appointing ThePluginCompany to install networks of charging stations across Belgium and Luxembourg. Pilot schemes will begin almost straightaway, with 20 Elektrobay units to be installed in the country by the end of the year with further rollouts planned in 2010.

Elektromotive Extends European Recharging Network to Belgium and Luxembourg

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UK-based Elektromotive has appointed The PluginCompany to install networks of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Belgium and Luxembourg. A further 90 fully-operational Elektrobay charging stations have been installed in cities and shopping centres around the UK.

VitaeMobility, ABB to deploy a network of 50 DC fast chargers throughout Belgium

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VitaeMobility, specialists in e-mobility for business and government fleets and consumers, and ABB will partner to install and manage 50 Terra Smart Connect (SC) DC fast chargers at multiple locations throughout Belgium. The first installations for the nationwide network will be in place by the end of July. Maintenance and repair services will be taken care of by ABB’s local support team in Belgium.

Ford focuses on wind power

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The company has put two giant wind turbines, each standing more than 150 metres tall, into service at its Ford Genk plant in Belgium. The turbines were installed by Electrabel, a local energy company, with each having an output of 2MW of power. The turbines in Belgium are expected to meet a significant part of the plant’s power needs, where it produces the Mondeo, Galaxy and S-MAX models.

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Tritium Veefil-RT 50 kW fast chargers chosen for EV and V2G research project in Slovakia

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As part of a research project into e-mobility and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) charging in Slovakia, a Tritium Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast charger has been installed at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. Last week, Tritium announced that it has supplied all the fast chargers for the Belgium stage of the European Union’s UNIT-E fast-charging network. All the Veefil-RT chargers are positioned along the Belgium motorway system, linking the country’s major cities.

ABB powers 450kW fast charging for electric buses in Gothenburg

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Due for delivery in spring 2018, two fast chargers will be installed at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Eriksberg Square, on line 16 of the city’s bus network, on which two prototype electric articulated high capacity buses from Volvo will operate.

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ArcelorMittal and LanzaTech break ground on €150M project to convert blast furnace carbon emissions to ethanol

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Leading steel and mining company ArcelorMittal has begun construction of new premises at its site in Ghent, Belgium, to house a new installation which will convert carbon-containing gas from its blast furnaces into bioethanol.

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Hydrogenics and partners win major hydrogen energy storage R&D and demo project in Europe

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The consortium will design, build, deploy and operate the system at the Colruyt site near Brussels to double the capacity of the existing 350 bar fueling station to 130 kilograms per day and install a fuel cell system for electricity demand leveling. Hydrogenics Corporation, together with eight other partners, has won a major energy storage R&D and demonstration project in Europe. Called “Don Quichote,” the project includes a financial contribution of €2.86 million (US$3.7

AKASOL to showcase high-performance battery systems for e-buses at Busworld Europe; expanding production

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At Busworld Europe in Belgium later this month, AKASOL will present its AKASYSTEM OEM battery system as a complete roof installation including the chiller and other additional components.

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MAN eTGE battery-electric van to be mass-produced from July onwards

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As with all TGEs, the emergency brake assist (EBA) continues to be installed as standard. The first electric-powered vans from MAN are to be used first in metropolitan areas of Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Norway and the Netherlands.

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

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With its automated rooftop connection and a typical charge time of 4–6 minutes, the system can easily be integrated in existing bus lines by installing fast chargers at end points, terminals, depots and/or intermediate stops.

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IONITY partners with Shell, OMV, Tank & Rast and Circle K on sites for high-power charging network; 18 countries, >200 sites

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The installation of HPC charging stations directly on the major thoroughfares will make electromobility significantly more convenient and the charging capacity of up to 350 kW is expected to reduce the waiting time for customers to a minimum.

Clean powertrain company Punch Powertrain acquires power electronics specialist Apojee

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Punch Powertrain, a Belgium-based full-system supplier of fuel-efficient powertrains including transmissions and plug-in hybrid and battery-electric systems, is acquiring France-based power electronics expert Apojee.

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Bombardier battery-electric powered tram sets range record: 25.9 miles of catenary-free operation

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For a five-car tram, two double units are installed. In addition to the PRIMOVE tram in Nanjing, China, PRIMOVE e-buses are already successfully in operation in Braunschweig, Mannheim and Berlin, Germany and in Bruges, Belgium.

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How to Get a Plug-In Hybrid

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For Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and other Northern European countries, contact SP Innovation. is Hymotions San Francisco-based distributor/installer. Pricing from $8-15,000 for installed low-speed EV range of 8-24 miles.


Frost & Sullivan forecasts rapid growth in tire pressure monitoring systems market; $386.6M by 2018

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Laws mandating the installation of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) in new vehicles are leading to a swift increase in the installed base of this technology in the European Union (EU) and the United States. In Europe, the TPMS installed base, though much lower, is expected to more than double by 2014 due to supportive legislation. This installed base is forecast to grow to 36.7

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PROSUME blockchain-based platform for new peer-to-peer energy models; EV platform

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PROSUME is now negotiating eight different pilot projects in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The PROSUME Energy Foundation has developed a blockchain-based platform to exchange electricity from renewable and fossil sources.

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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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Fastned raises €12.3M in 10 days for expansion of European fast charging network

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These will be installed before the end of the year and allow EV drivers to charge up to 100 times faster than at home. In the past year, the portfolio has been expanded with a large number of locations in Germany and Belgium. Fastned, the Dutch company building a European network of fast charging stations, has raised €12.3 million (US$14.5 million) in 10 days via a public issue of bonds.

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ABB launches 22 kW AC & DC fast charging station

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Since launching Europe’s first commercially operated fast charging station in May 2010, ABB has delivered and installed hundreds of charging stations throughout Estonia and Belgium in an effort to encourage and proliferate e-mobility programs.

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ABB to charge the largest single network of 101 electric buses in Europe using open industry standard OppCharge

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The order will include installation sites in Charleroi, Belgium, providing 15 ABB charging stations in total by 2018, to power 101 Volvo electric hybrid buses in the Wallonia public transport system, operated by TEC Group. The scope of ABB’s second contract is a complete turnkey project to charge the additional 90 Volvo Electric Hybrid buses and includes twelve 150 kW charging stations, substations, switchgear, civil works, installation and a service contract.

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Dunkirk regasification plant receives first LNG carrier

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The Dunkirk (France) LNG regasification plant, a turnkey project performed by Techint E&C and SENER as part of the TS LNG consortium, has received its first LNG carrier, thus initiating the installation’s commissioning phase.

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Volvo Car Corporation begins production of the Volvo C30 Electric for leasing customers in Europe

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The Volvo C30 Electric will be manufactured and delivered to leasing customers throughout Europe, including in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. The Volvo C30 Electric is built on the regular assembly line in the Ghent factory and then transported to Göteborg for installation of the motor, batteries and other model-specific electronics. The batteries are installed where the fuel tank normally sits and also in a special compartment in the car’s central tunnel.

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Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Estonia deciding to buy 500 MiEVs in 2012 or Belgium offering high financial incentives but perhaps not to the right market, noted lead author Will Sierzchula.

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Volkswagen confirms EA288 diesel engines designed for EU5 and EU6 not affected by defeat device software

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Volkswagen confirmed on Thursday that no software constituting an improper emissions control defeat device as defined in law is installed in vehicles with EA 288 EU5- or EU6-engines in the European Union. In Belgium, some 320,000 affected vehicles—models with the EA 189-type diesel engine and a displacement of 1.2

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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., plans to invest more than $1 billion to install a new delayed coker unit at its Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oils into transportation fuels products such as marine gasoil and diesel fuel. Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical B.V.B.A.,

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2nd annual Bosch analysis of ADAS finds emergency braking and lane assist systems on the rise

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The drowsiness recognition system was installed in one-quarter of all new cars in 2014. In 2014, every second new car (50%) in Belgium as well as the Netherlands also came equipped with such systems, which are also found in 19% of newly registered passenger cars in the United Kingdom.

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London taxis to be fueled by UK’s first network of hydrogen stations

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Funded by the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, the HyTEC project (Hydrogen Transport for European Cities), which is part funded by the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), will also see the installation of an Air Products hydrogen fueling station in London. In an effort to understand the best methods for rolling out hydrogen transport in European cities, this international initiative will also install a network of fueling stations in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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

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An additional 12 new markets for Polestar 1 have been added and will open for pre-orders simultaneously, including Switzerland, the UK, Belgium, Finland, France, Poland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Portugal and Canada.

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Daimler Buses introduces Citaro hybrid bus; available on diesel and gas models; separate 48V network

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Among its numerous debuts at Busworld Europe in Belgium, Daimler Buses took the wraps off the new Citaro hybrid urban bus. The hybrid powertrain is optionally available for a large number of model variants of the best-selling urban bus, even for the natural-gas-engined Citaro NGT.

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BRUSA supplying complete electric drivetrain for at least 250 Volvo C30 Electrics

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The Volvo C30 Electric is built on the regular assembly line in the Ghent factory and then transported to Gothenburg for installation of the motor, batteries and other model-specific electronics. BRUSA drive system for the C30 Electric. Click to enlarge.

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Four Next-Generation Fuel Cell Buses Introduced in Hartford

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CTTransit is building a new garage to store up to six fuel cell buses, and the agency also plans to install a hydrogen fueling station on-site. UTC Power has provided fuel cell powerplants for fleet transportation since 1998 and its made-in-Connecticut fuel cells have powered buses in the United States, Spain, Italy and Belgium. Van Hool of Belgium is one of the world’s largest bus and coach manufacturers.

Toyota in long-term partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens to strengthen quality of UK operations

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At Burnaston, this has already witnessed innovative and effective measures to minimize waste, reduce use of natural resources and harness sustainable energy sources, notably through the installation of one of British industry’s largest solar panel arrays.

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Coulomb Racks Up Series of Charging Infrastructure Wins

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The Katholieke High School of Limburg, Belgium (KHLim) will deploy ChargePoint Networked Charging stations as part of the first European Clean Mobility Center in Belgium. In the US, the Rampart Casino / Resort in Las Vegas installed a Coulomb networked charging station for electric vehicles.

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. Fiesta eWheelDrive. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.)

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Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

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Compared with the previous edition published five years ago, Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2015 Edition details a significant drop in the price of solar and wind generation costs, especially for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, as a result of sustained technological progress.

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DAF Putting LF Hybrid Truck Into Production; Eaton Hybrid System

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An electric motor is installed between the clutch and the gearbox, which can provide drive as well as functioning as a generator. DAF is the market leader in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. The DAF LF hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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Total Petrochemicals, IFP Energies nouvelles and Axens co-developing bio-ethylene production technology by dehydration of ethanol

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Bio-ethylene could be integrated in various polymer applications such as polyethylene (PE), polyethyleneteraphthalate (PET), polystyrene (PS), polyvinylchloride (PVC) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) in existing unmodified downstream polymerization installations. Within the agreement, Total will continue its work on the optimization of the catalyst formulation at the research center in Feluy, Belgium.

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Axens, Total and IFPEN launch new technology for bio-ethylene production through dehydration of bio-ethanol

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The bio-ethylene produced can be integrated in existing downstream polymerization installations such as polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS), polyethyleneteraphthalate (PET), polyvinylchloride (PVC) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) without need for modifications. Axens, Total and IFPEN have introduced Atol, a technology for profitable production of polymer-grade bio-ethylene via the dehydration of ethanol (C 2 H 6 O). Earlier post.)

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