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. The successful integration of our product onto Solaris test buses has yielded the first of what we hope are many more orders into the European market using this new energy storage system. For Solaris, this order is its biggest success in Belgium.

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.

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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.

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. IVECO leads the European alternative fuels vehicle market, holding the largest market share for alternative fuel vehicles currently on the road with a running park of more than 16,000 vehicles, including 5,800 dedicated to public transport.

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. In the first half of 2016, Toyota will also bring the Mirai to Belgium, a fourth European market.

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. an analysis of the market, as well as the political developments affecting the commercialisation of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.

Calor introduces Neste BioLPG to the UK market; targeting fully renewable by 2040

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Calor is currently exploring domestic sources of production as the majority of BioLPG production pathways lend themselves to local production facilities located in the off-gas grid market such as anaerobic digestion or production based on the processing of household waste. The SHV Energy companies Primagaz and Calor will be responsible for marketing and distributing Neste BioLPG within their respective markets.

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TM4 introduces new motor/generator for the commercial heavy-duty hybrid market: SUMO HP HV900

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As part of this new line, TM4 is launching the SUMO HP HV900, a new motor/generator and inverter combination for the commercial heavy-duty market. This new motor/generator will be shown at Busworld Kortrijk, taking place from 20-25 October 2017 in Kortrijk, Belgium. It is a market with strong growth potential where TM4 has already enjoyed significant success.

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EEA: no improvements on average CO2 emissions from new cars registered in 2017 in Europe

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Combined, the relative share of PHEV and BEV sales was highest in Sweden, Belgium and Finland, reaching 5.5%, 2.7% Emissions Europe Fuel Efficiency Market Background

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

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The agreement, which establishes Telefonica as Tesla’s largest European connectivity partner, is supported by KPN in the Netherlands and Belgium as part of the M2M World Alliance, simplifying Tesla’s deployment of connected cars. The number of vehicles with built-in connectivity will increase from 10% of the overall market today to 90% by 2020, according to the Telefonica Connected Car Industry 2013 report, which features contributions from eight of the world’s largest car manufacturers.

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

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The consultancy estimates that the market earned revenues of more than $111.7 By 2014, nearly 38% of vehicles in North America will feature TPMS—a 13% increase from 2011—thus, increasing the addressable market size. As more European countries, including Belgium, Poland and Turkey, adopt winter tire legislations, TPMS revenues and unit sales will increase in the short and medium term.

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New Renault KANGOO Z.E. electric van to add 50% more range

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on 13 January at the 2017 European Motor Show in Brussels, Belgium. which offers the longest available driving range in the small van market, is made at Renault’s Maubeuge plant in northern France. Renault Pro+ will present the all-electric New KANGOO Z.E.

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BASF to concentrate plant biotechnology activities on main markets in North and South America

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Citing a lack of acceptance for plant technology in many parts of Europe, BASF announced that it is concentrating its plant biotechnology activities on the main markets in North and South America. Research and development activities will be concentrated mainly in Raleigh, Ghent, Belgium and Berlin, Germany. Development and commercialization of all products targeted solely at cultivation in the European market will be halted.

Northern Lights Energy and Reva Electric Car Company Sign Agreement to Develop the Electric Vehicle Market in Iceland

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Northern Lights Energy ( NLE ), the initiator of the 2012 charging infrastructure project and provider of infrastructure and services for electric vehicles (EV) based in Iceland, has signed an agreement with Reva Electric Car Company to jointly develop the electric vehicle market in Iceland.

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

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Of those, charging infrastructure was the best predictor of a country’s EV market share. Financial incentives by country and corresponding EV market share for 2012. National charging infrastructure by country and corresponding EV market share for 2012.

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Taking a Day off to see the EV Show

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I took the day off to walk around Portland to the farmers market and EV awareness day with Krista. There were probably twenty electric vehicles at EV awareness day. Here are just a few of the more notable ones. The electrically augmented bicycle.

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CDC: US has highest motor vehicle crash death rate among high-income countries; could be cut in half with proven strategies

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Countries included in the study were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Health Market Background Safety

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Reports highlight ongoing advances in vehicle technology, consumer demand for fuel efficiency in US and Europe

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Hungary and Belgium were the only two EU Member States where cars sold in 2012 were on average less efficient than those sold the year before. Europe Fuel Efficiency Market Background Policy 4-cylinder engines and hybrid vehicles as a percent of cars sold in the US. Source: CFA.

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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. LiFePO 4 +C grants a limited number of sublicenses to suitable lithium iron phosphate (LFP)/lithium metal phosphate (LMP) producers who are capable of meeting market demand with high-quality products.

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Van Hool to build 40 hydrogen buses for Cologne and Wuppertal (Germany); largest fuel cell bus order in Europe to date

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Van Hool, the Belgium-based independent bus, coach and industrial vehicles manufacturer, has landed a significant contract with RVK Köln and WSW Wuppertal (Germany), to supply 40 hydrogen buses of the latest generation.

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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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Scania and European Gigafactory developer Northvolt partner for heavy vehicle electrification

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Vehicle electrification is rapidly advancing; for heavy trucks and buses, continued development of both charging infrastructure as well as more robust, cost efficient and sustainable battery cells is crucially needed for a widespread market breakthrough in commercially viable electrification. At Busworld 2017 in Kortrijk, Belgium, Scania unveiled the hybrid Scania Interlink Low Decker and the battery-electric Scania Citywide bus.

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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). Europe Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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EEA Report: Trends in European Transport Are Heading in the Wrong Direction

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Emissions of GHG have increased by 26% (EU-15) or 180 million tonnes between 1990 and 2006, excluding international aviation and marine transport—an amount larger than the entire annual national emissions for 2006 from Belgium (132 million tonnes) or Romania (157 million tonnes).

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Volvo Buses launches new version of 7900 Electric bus with more range, charging options

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The new Volvo 7900 Electric is being launched on the market and has its premiere showing at the Busworld international bus fair in Kortrijk, Belgium, on 20 to 25 October. Volvo Buses (not related to Volvo Cars) is launching a new version of its all-electric bus, the Volvo 7900 Electric. With significantly extended range and more charging options, the new Volvo 7900 Electric offers bus operators even greater flexibility.

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Swedish Energy Agency awards PowerCell $960K toward developing modular fuel cell range extender system for EVs

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This covers a gap in the fuel cell market, the company notes, as fuel cell stacks up to 20 kW are available from some manufacturers, but in the range 10-30 kW, there is more or less nothing available on the open market. Triphase, Belgium. E-Trucks Europe, Belgium.

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First 5 production Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles for Europe arrive

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The first five production Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles ( earlier post ) for Europe were unloaded in Bristol, UK and Zeebrugge, Belgium, respectively on 8 and 10 August. Markets beyond the UK, Germany and Denmark will be added from 2017 as the hydrogen infrastructure develops.

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Symbio uses Borit metal bipolar plates in its commercial fuel cell range extender

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Belgium-based Borit is the supplier-of-choice for metal bipolar plates in the successful range extender fuel cell systems of the French market leader Symbio.

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

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Although volumes grew at a slower rate (+5.6%) than recorded in February 2016 (+13.8%), positive results in 23 of the 29 markets analyzed meant growth continued. YTD figures showed gains in 26 markets, with 16 of them posting double-digit growth.

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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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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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Frost Sullivan Projects That About 80% of European Vehicle Sales Will Be in the 150 g/km CO2 Band by 2015; EVs as a Strategy of Premium Automakers

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The countries covered in this research service are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. About 8-10 million cars are expected to be in the less than 120g/km CO 2 emission band in Europe by 2015—a significantly attractive market opportunity for both volume and premium manufacturers. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Europe Fuel Efficiency Market Background Policy

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

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It connects independent power producers, consumers, utility companies and energy communities in a locally shared market where each peer is free to interact in a multi-tenant ecosystem.

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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. suitable LFP/LMP producers capable to address the market demand with high quality products. A new production facility will be operated in Belgium (at its main production site in Engis) in summer 2012. With manufacturing operations in Belgium, France and the United States, Prayon serves a global customer base with a range of purified phosphoric acids, phosphate salts and fluorine products.

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

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Its solutions will be modular, thereby enabling Škoda Electric to build e-buses from 6 meters to 26 meters across all market segments. The first targeted delivery of the partnership will be the release of a battery system by the end of this year, scalable between 50 - 350kWh and certified for the European market according to ECE-R100.r2. In 2015 Leclanché unveiled its first all-electric bus in Belgium.

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

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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. In view of the China-centered growth of LFP in the coming years, a locally focused organization is critical to participate in this segment of the market, Umicore said.

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Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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car market. Belgium. sales of hybrid SUVs and other fuel efficient vehicles will prove interesting to watch this year, especially if fuel prices remain relatively low. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely.

Scenario study suggests increased vehicle electrification in Europe increases demand for gas in power sector; limited ability for power-to-gas

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The study is based on a set of scenarios for 2050 of electrification in five European countries: Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), France (FR), Germany (DE) and the Netherlands (NL). Specifically, the authors found that while demand for gas from the residential sector decreases as electrification progresses, because of the planned phasing-out of coal and nuclear generation and limited increase of renewables, overall gas demand rises in the power market.

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

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Pre-orders will open in the six initial launch markets announced in January, including China, the United States, Sweden, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands.

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Porsche reports ~60% of new Panamera models delivered in Europe are with plug-in hybrid drive; ramping up for Mission E

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The new Panamera plug-in hybrid models were launched on the European market in June 2017. In France, for example, the figure is 70%, in Austria it is more than 80% and in Belgium it is even more than 90%. The Mission E will be on the market by the end of the decade.

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Mercedes-Benz delivers its four-millionth SUV; SUV sales up 40% in August

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The main contribution towards this increase came from the strong rise in unit sales of SUVs of approximately 40% during the month, which also saw the company deliver its four-millionth SUV since market launch. The company said it surpassed its strongest August to date in the previous year due to double-digit growth in the Asia-Pacific region and in the domestic market. Mercedes-Benz was the market leader among the premium manufacturers in Japan and Taiwan last month.

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