Colombia introduces electric taxi fleet

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Electric cars Green cars Latest news BYD e6 Colombia electric vehicles green cars Mitsubishi i-MiEVElectric vehicles could soon become commonplace in the Colombian city of Bogota, after a project was introduced to spearhead an electric taxi fleet. The project was put together by the Clinton Climate Initiative Cities programme, and its partner the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. It has been born from Bogota’s role in the C40-CCI Electric [.].

Balqon Expands Distribution of Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicles into Colombia

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Balqon Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of zero emissions heavy-duty electric vehicles for Class 7 and Class 8 applications ( earlier post ), has entered into a Dealer Agreement with Industrias IVOR, a leading distributor of heavy equipment and material handling equipment, including heavy-duty trucks, in Colombia. Industrias IVOR has over 100 years of experience in the heavy-duty truck market in Colombia.

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Ampal Signs Option Exercise Agreement to Acquire 25% in Ethanol Project in Colombia

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pursuant to which it has exercised an existing option to convert Ampal’s existing $22.249 million loan ($20 million plus accrued interest) into a 25% equity interest in a sugarcane ethanol production project in Colombia being developed by Merhav. Colombia requires 10% ethanol blending in gasoline distributed in Colombia. Israel-based Ampal-American Israel Corporation signed an option exercise agreement with Merhav (M.N.F)

Johnson Controls acquires 90% ownership of Columbian battery supplier MAC

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Working together, the two companies have expanded their footprint, increasing their exports from Colombia, mainly to the countries in the Andean Region. MAC is the most recognized brand in Colombia for automotive batteries, and has a strong presence in the Central and South American regions and in the Caribbean, selling to the aftermarket and to major automakers. Johnson Controls has acquired 90% ownership of Colombian battery supplier MAC.

Yadea launches Z3 electric scooter with connectivity app

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China-based Yadea has launched its Z3 electric scooter, initially into 15 countries including China, Germany, Korea, and Colombia. Starting price is US$3,388. The Yadea Z3 is powered by Panasonic 18650 battery cells.

Columbia moves into green car era

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UOP Renewable Jet Fuel blend powers first renewable jet commercial flight in Columbia

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UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced that a blend with its Green Jet Fuel powered the first commercial flight in Colombia operating with renewable jet fuel. A LAN Airbus A320 aircraft traveled with 174 passengers from Bogotá El Dorado International Airport to Santiago de Cali, Colombia. The flight marked the first time any aircraft in Colombia has flown on renewable jet fuel.

Bogotá pilots all-electric taxi fleet using BYD e6s

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The District Government authorized this scalable all-electric taxi pilot in an effort to improve the air quality in Colombia’s dense cities. Forty-nine BYD e6, 5-passenger, all-electric cross-over sedans received approval from the Colombia Ministry of Transportation to operate as taxis in the city of Bogotá. The idea is that this project can be replicated in other places in Colombia.

GM Korea introduces Alpheon eAssist; 25% improvement in fuel economy

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It provides market- and brand-specific vehicle kits for assembly at GM facilities in China, Uzbekistan, Mexico, India, Colombia, Russia and other countries. Alpheon eAssist Click to enlarge.

Ford building new $1.6B plant in Mexico for small cars

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Vehicles produced in Mexico also serve customers in the US, Canada, China, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and South Korea. Ford is investing US$1.6 billion in a new small car plant in Mexico, building a new manufacturing site in San Luis Potosi State. Construction begins this summer. Specific vehicles being produced at the new facility will be announced later.

Volvo Buses has sold 3,000 electrified buses worldwide

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Other major markets are Colombia (468), Sweden (196), Spain (137), Germany (135), Switzerland (129) and Norway (109). Volvo Buses has sold 3,000 hybrid, electric hybrid and electric buses to customers in 22 countries in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. In 2016 alone, Volvo sold 533 electrified buses.

Petrobras announces first discovery in Colombian Caribbean deep waters

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Petrobras, in partnership with Ecopetrol, pioneered exploration in the Tayrona Block when the first exploration concession was granted by Colombia’s National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) in 2004, opening up the Colombian Caribbean to deep water exploration. The Petrobras Orca–1 exploratory well (Tayrona Block) has revealed a natural gas accumulation in Colombian Caribbean deep waters, 40 km off the coast of La Guajira.

Bogotá to test BYD electric buses

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Express del Futuro, a partner-operator of Transmilenio, and BYD unveiled plans for an electric bus fleet in Bogotá, Colombia. The objective of this initiative is to implement mass-adoption of electric buses in the city of Bogotá and is backed by Transmilenio, the Secretary of Environment, Express del Futuro, BYD Motor Colombia SAS, and Praco Didacol and will use BYD’s 12 meter buses with a carrying capacity of ~80 standing passengers.

IFQC annual ranking of gasoline sulfur standards sees progress around the world; US drops to 46th

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Colombia jumped 40 spots, from 98 th to 58 th , while Croatia moved up from 57 th to 37 th and Russia improved from 60 th to 51 st. Maximum gasoline sulfur limits. Click to enlarge.

Waze adds speed limits feature, planned drives

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Waze is rolling out the new feature first in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago and Uruguay. Waze, the popular “connected driver” app that combines navigation with driver contributions on traffic, accidents and other road data, is adding a speed limit feature that will automatically notify drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit.

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Colombia. 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.

Researchers say policies to curb short-lived climate pollutants could yield major health benefits; methane and black carbon

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the University of British Colombia; the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; the University of York; the United Nations Environment Program; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Colorado State University; the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria; and TERI University in India.

Solazyme and Ecopetrol Extend Partnership on Algae-Based Diesel Using Colombian Feedstocks

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an industrial biotechnology company producing renewable oils and bioproducts using microalgae, has signed its third development agreement with Ecopetrol, the largest company in Colombia and one of the four major oil companies in Latin America, to analyze the manufacturing viability of algae-based diesel fuel using renewable Colombian feedstocks such as sugarcane and byproduct glycerol. Solazyme, Inc.,

Cartagena orders 147 Scania Euro 6 natural gas buses

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By operating these buses, Cartagena will become the first city in Colombia to use gas solutions for urban transport and this will significantly reduce the emissions that the city’s current fleet is producing. The Colombian city of Cartagena has ordered 147 Scania Euro 6 gas buses for its new transport system as part of Scania’s largest deal to date on Euro 6 gas technology in South America.

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AOS and IBM developing logistics and transportation solution built on IBM Blockchain and Watson IoT

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—Jorge Vergara, IBM Colombia CTO. IBM and AOS, a Colombian company specializing in providing business solutions, are collaborating to create a solution to enhance efficiency in the logistics and transport industry throughout the country, built on IBM Blockchain and Watson IoT on the IBM Cloud. Blockchain works as an immutable ledger that records transactions between members of a business network.

BYD electric bus completes another trial in Bogotá

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Last October, BYD’s electric bus participated in the C40 Hybrid & Electric Bus Test Program in Colombia.

11 more GM facilities worldwide go landfill-free; total up to 122

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Colmotores Assembly (Colombia). Colmotores Assembly in Colombia launched awareness campaigns that engaged employees in reducing waste and sorting it correctly. Eleven more General Motors facilities have achieved landfill-free status. The running total is 122 manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations spanning Asia, Europe, and South and North America that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations.

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NREL and Ecopetrol in $2.3M CRADA agreement to optimize conversion of waste biomass to ethanol

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The US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is working with Ecopetrol, the largest oil company in Colombia, to process the residue from sugar cane and palm oil harvesting into fuel ethanol for blending with gasoline. Colombia has an abundance of biomass in the form of sugar cane.

Eaton signs long-term agreement with Argentine bus manufacturer TATSA to design and supply hybrid systems

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In the last few years, TATSA has signed production agreements with various automotive companies worldwide and has also established commercial representations in the USA, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, India and Qatar. Eaton Corporation has signed a long-term agreement to design and supply Argentine bus manufacturer Tecnología Avanzada en Transporte S. TATSA), a company wholly owned by Consorcio Metropolitano de Transporte S.A.,

Volvo Begins Trials of Hybrid Buses in Brazil and Mexico

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After Curitiba, the Volvo 7700 Hybrid will be tested in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and later also in Bogotá, Colombia. Volvo Buses has begun trials of its hybrid drive buses in South Brazil and Mexico. In May this year, Volvo Buses launched serial production of its hybrid buses, the Volvo 7700 Hybrid and the double-decker Volvo B5L Hybrid. Earlier post.) The company has secured orders for about 150 hybrid buses in Europe.

GM Creates New South America Regional Organization

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GM South America includes GM’s existing sales and manufacturing operations in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela as well as sales activities in those countries and Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. General Motors is creating a new regional organization to meet rising customer demand in South America. GM South America will be headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be led by Jaime Ardila, currently president and general manager GM Mercosur.

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Canada Launches Heavy Oil Working Group to Promote Cleaner Fossil Fuels

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Comprising countries such as Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Venezuela, the Heavy Oil Working Group will collaborate on clean energy research to reduce the impact of fossil fuel development. The Government of Canada has established a Heavy Oil Working Group.

GM Daewoo Considering Hybrid for 2011

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In addition, GM Daewoo provides market and brand-specific vehicle kits for assembly at GM facilities in China, Thailand, India, Colombia and Venezuela. Yonhap. GM Daewoo Auto & Technology is considering producing a hybrid vehicle in 2011 in South Korea. Researchers from GM headquarters and GM Daewoo are carrying out projects to build eco-friendly cars, including a hybrid vehicle,” said the official at GM Daewoo.

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Mitsubishi signs MoU with the City of Vancouver For i MiEV Testing

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) subsidiary Mitsubishi Motors Sales of Canada (MMSCAN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of British Colombia, the City of Vancouver, power company BC Hydro, and Mitsubishi Canada Limited for feasibility testing of the i MiEV electric vehicle.

Chevrolet sets first-half global sales record with 2.35M units; 14% growth

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In addition, Chevrolet set record first-half sales in many countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, South Africa, and Turkey. Chevrolet sold 2.35

Florida Governor Rick Scott rejects proposed Federal high-speed rail project

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And that market’s population is 8 times the size of the Tampa/Orlando market.Rather than investing in a high-risk rail project, we should be focusing on improving our ports, rail and highway infrastructure to be in a position to attract the increased shipping that will result when the Panama Canal is expanded when the free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama are ratified and with the expansion of the economies of Central and South America.

Balqon Receives Initial $490,000 Purchase Order for Heavy-Duty Electric Drive Systems From New China-Based Distributor

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This includes Argentina-based Autoelevadores Yale, Colombia-based Industrias IVOR, Electric Cars of Costa Rica, Mol Transportation Solutions in Europe and, most recently, Km.

Balqon Expands Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Distribution Into Europe With Mol Transport Solutions

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In March, Balqon entered into an agreement with Industrias IVOR, a distributor of trucks, firefighting trucks and equipment, refuse trucks, and heavy machinery for material handling products in Colombia. Balqon Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of heavy-duty electric vehicles for Class 7 and Class 8 applications ( earlier post ), has entered into a Dealer Agreement with Mol Transport Solutions, a leading manufacturer of port and material handling equipment in Europe.

GM global sales up 7.6% in 2011 to 9.026M vehicles; China and US largest markets

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Colombia. General Motors Co. global sales rose to more than 9 million vehicles in 2011, a 7.6% gain compared with 2010. GM gained four-tenths of a point of market share to 11.9% of the global vehicle industry. Sales were up in all four reporting regions—North America, South America, Europe and International Operations—as GM sold a total of 9,025,942 vehicles compared with 8,385,484 in 2010.

Global Bioenergy Partnership publishes report on 24 sustainability indicators for bioenergy: electricity, heat and transport

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In the meantime, the Partnership is proceeding with piloting projects in Indonesia, Colombia and Ghana. The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published its report on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. Earlier post.)

Monsanto, BASF Scientists Discover Gene Conferring Drought Tolerance in Corn Plants

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Both companies also recently announced that they have completed regulatory submissions for cultivation in the United States and Canada, and for import to Mexico, the European Union and Colombia. Monsanto Company and BASF scientists have discovered a naturally-occurring gene that can help corn plants combat drought conditions and confer yield stability during periods of inadequate water supplies.

GM Daewoo considering hybrid in 2011

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It provides market and brand specific vehicle kits assembly facilities in Colombia, China, Thailand, India and Venezuela. The South Korean market has already shown its willingness to embrace green car technologies so it comes as no surprise that GM Daewoo Auto & Technology is considering producing a hybrid vehicle in the country in two years time.

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China’s CNOOC to acquire Canada-based Nexen for $15.1B; offshore oil and gas, oil sands, and shale gas

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Nexen has a joint venture shale gas project in Poland and is exploring for shale gas in Colombia. CNOOC Limited—China’s largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas and one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the world—is acquiring all of the Common Shares of Canada-based energy company Nexen Inc. for US$15.1 billion cash. The price represents a premium of.

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Forecast: Global Biofuels Use to Double by 2015, Second-Gen Biofuels to Lag Expectations

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Major new contributors to the growth of global biofuels between 2009 and 2015 include Indonesia, France, China, India, Thailand, Colombia, Malaysia, Philippines and Argentina. Despite a number of key issues such as land use and competition for feedstocks supplies for traditional food and feed uses, global use of biofuels is excepted to more than double from 2009 to 2015, according to a new global analysis released by Hart Energy Publishing’s Global Biofuels Center (GBC).

USDA and DOE award $12.2M to 10 research projects to accelerate bioenergy crop production and spur economic impact

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Stephen Kresovich, University of South Carolina, Colombia. The US Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) have awarded 10 grants totaling $12.2 million to spur research into improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of growing biofuel and bioenergy crops. The investments are part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to develop domestic renewable energy and advanced biofuels.