ACEA: data show EU market for electric cars highly fragmented; need for inclusive measures

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In countries with a GDP per capita below €17,000 (US$20,000) the market share remains close to zero—including the new EU member states in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as crisis-torn Greece. Nobody looks at Greece for instance, where only 32 electrically-chargeable cars were sold last year. Greece.

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Junior WRC Championship switching to gasoline-ethanol-methanol blend

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From the Acropolis Rally of Greece onwards, the Ford Fiesta R2s used in the series will be powered by GEM Fuel , a ternary blend fuel containing regular gasoline, bio-ethanol and bio-methanol (i.e., The Rally of Greece, round two of the Junior WRC Championship, gets underway on Friday 31 May. The Junior WRC Championship is supporting the FIA’s drive to make motorsport more sustainable by switching from gasoline to biofuel.

Long term exposure to aircraft noise linked to high blood pressure

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A study by researchers in Greece, the UK and The Netherlands links long term exposure to aircraft noise, particularly during the night, to an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and possibly heart flutter and stroke as well. The research team drew on data from 420 people living near Athens International Airport in Greece, where up to 600 planes take off and land every day. Results from a cohort study in Athens, Greece” Occup Environ Med doi: 10.1136/oemed-2016-104180.

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Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Greece. 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.

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Fiat wins Technobest award for green TwinAir engine

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The Technobest 2010 prize was awarded by the international, independent Autobest jury made up of 15 specialist journalists from a number of countries including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Poland, [.]. Fiat has won the prestigious international Technobest prize for the second year running for its innovation TwinAir system after winning last year for its MultiAir technology.

Wilmington Trust selected as trustee for $2.7B Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust

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The company also served as trustee for the Greece debt restructuring program. Wilmington Trust, N.A. has been appointed trustee for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. The $2.7-billion trust, established as part of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions settlement, will be used to implement approved air pollution mitigation initiatives in US states and federally-recognized Native American nations.

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

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The biggest decrease of diesel cars was registered in Greece and Luxemburg (- 19 and – 17 percentage points).

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Researchers demonstrate new nickel selenide catalyst for more efficient water splitting

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A team of researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece have developed a highly efficient transition metal selenide-based coordination complex, [Ni{(SePiPr 2 ) 2 N} 2 ] for oxygen evolution and hydrogen evolution reactions (OER and HER, respectively) in alkaline solution.

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ARB fines 12 ocean-going shippers $476,750 for violating low-sulfur fuel regulation

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Byzantine Maritime Corporation (Greece) - $27,750 Vessel name: Ermione. The California Air Resources Board has fined 12 shipping companies a combined $476,750 for failure to switch from high-sulfur diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters, as required by state law. ARB said that all companies cited took prompt action after being notified of the violations and, under ARB’s supervision, began complying with state law.

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Euro car market has best H1 of century; diesels down 17%; AFVs up 31% for 5.4% of total; SUVs booming

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But it was the positive economic situation across the continent that boosted results, JATO said, as midsize markets such as the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden all posted increases, and smaller markets like Hungary, Greece, Romania, Croatia and Lithuania similarly posted significant increases.

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Ecometrica analysis pegs average UK EV emissions at 75 gCO2/km; varies by country

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Davis also calculated average emissions for France, Greece, the US, Canada and China.

2011 97

Athens Orders 108 Mercedes-Benz Econic Natural Gas Refuse Trucks

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The city of Athens, Greece is buying 108 Mercedes-Benz Econic natural gas vehicles for use in refuse collection. Econic NGTs for Athens. Click to enlarge.

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Hybrid Search Statistics - Updated

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Greece. Since adding Google Analytics to our most popular hybrid blogs and websites about 18 months ago, it has been interesting to gain some insight into our visitor traffic.

Biogas2PEM-FC project converts waste from olive oil production to electricity

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Helbio, Greece. An EU-funded project, Biogas2PEM-FC , has developed a system to convert the toxic waste from olive oil production into electricity.

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New cars in Europe in 2013 collectively met 2015 CO2 target two years ahead of the deadline

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On average, the most efficient cars were bought in the Netherlands (109 g CO 2 /km), Greece (111g) and Portugal (112g) while the country selling the least efficient cars was Latvia (147g) followed by Estonia (147g) and Bulgaria (142g). People in Malta, Denmark and Greece bought the lightest models on average. 2015 target: 130 g CO 2 /km. 2020 target: 95 g CO 2 /km. AFV are alternative fuel vehicles: electric, LPG, NG-biomethane, E85, biodiesel, hybrid and plug-in vehicles.

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Beijing Foton launches “China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance”; Auman Energy Super Truck

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Chinese truck and utility vehicle manufacturer Beijing Foton has launched the China Internet Super Truck Global Innovation Alliance and showcased the Auman EST (Energy Super Truck) at an event in Athens, Greece.

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ACEA study finds cost still strong deterrent for EV uptake across Europe; calls for “realistic” targets recognizing affordability

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The new ACEA data not only show a clear split in electric car sales between Central-Eastern and Western Europe, but also a pronounced North-South divide (eg Greece 0.2%, Italy 0.2%

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Rolls-Royce wins $6.5M contract to supply LNG propulsion package for fish food carrier; Bergen gas engine

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BioMar has 11 factories producing fish food, in Norway, Chile, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey and Costa Rica. Rolls-Royce has signed a US$6.5-million contract with Tersan Shipyard in Turkey.

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Ford Focus 1.0L EcoBoost model accounts for 23.3% of Focus orders in April in Europe

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The Euro 19 markets are: Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Across Europe, more than 4,700 customers ordered a Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost in April, accounting for 23.3% of the Ford Focus models in Europe’s major 19 markets.

Diesel new vehicle market share in Europe in February dropped to 39.5%; SUVs still driving growth

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This growth can be attributed to key markets such as Germany, Spain and France, as well as five other markets (Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Estonia and Luxembourg), which posted double digit growth. European car registrations increased by 4.2% million, 50,000 more than in February 2017.

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OECD countries invest on average around 1% of GDP on road and rail infrastructure

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There are only few exceptions from this trend, notably Greece, Spain, Switzerland and Portugal which show significantly higher GDP shares over the period (reaching 1.6% – 2.0%). Since 2007, however, Greece and Portugal have converged closer to the WEC average, investments declining to around 1.0%

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Study finds engines emit exhaust nanoparticles even when not fueled during engine braking

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The study by researchers in Finland and Greece, published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology , suggests that both the characteristics of these particles and the mechanism by which they form seem to differ significantly from those of soot and nucleation particles.

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Enel acquires eMotorWerks to provide grid balancing solutions and tap into US e-mobility market

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Enel has installed around 5,000 charging stations in Italy, Spain, Romania, Greece, Chile, Colombia and Argentina. Enel S.p.A., through its US subsidiary EnerNOC, has acquired California-based eMotorWerks, a North American supplier of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, called JuiceBox, and owner and operator of JuiceNet, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for the smart management of EV charging and other distributed energy storage facilities.

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Global CO2 emissions stalled for the third year in a row

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Within the EU28 the trends vary between countries with decreases of 6% for the UK and Bulgaria and of 3% for Greece and Spain, while increases of 5% in Ireland and Denmark and of 4% in Sweden and Finland occurred. The annual assessment of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the JRC and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) confirms that CO 2 emissions have stalled for the third year in a row.

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Ford Car Buying Trends 2015 shows increasing demand for semi-autonomous driving technologies in Europe

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In Greece that rose to 97%, and in Ireland to 96%, followed by Poland (95%). For the same cars, 5-door versions were most likely to find a home in Greece (96%), Spain (87%) and Britain (83%); while 4-door versions were most popular in Turkey (87%). European drivers are showing an increasing appetite for semi-autonomous driving technologies, according to a new Ford Motor Company study on buying trends in Europe.

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

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Registrations of new cars fell furthest in 2012 in Greece (-41%), Portugal (-38%) and Cyprus (-25%), while at the other end of the scale new cars increased by more than 12% in in Estonia and Hungary. 4-cylinder engines and hybrid vehicles as a percent of cars sold in the US. Source: CFA.

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DNV and PSE develop concept for on-ship chemical CO2 capture; capable of reducing ship CO2 emissions by up to 65%

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Nikolaos Kakalis, Head of DNV Research & Innovation Greece. Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a leading classification society, and Process Systems Enterprise Ltd. PSE), a global provider of advanced process modeling technology, have developed a concept design for shipboard chemical CO 2 capture. The results from the Maritime CCS (carbon capture and storage) research and development project show that the concept is technically feasible and capable of reducing ship CO 2 emissions by up to 65%.

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EC Survey finds majority of Europeans willing to compromise on performance, size, range and price to reduce vehicle emissions; 53% say they use car as main mode of transport

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Cyprus, Luxembourg, Greece and France were the countries where the largest proportions of respondents were willing to compromise on a car’s speed, size and range, when making a purchase, in order to reduce emissions. Willingness to compromise on different characteristics. Click to enlarge.

European Researchers Launch Mega Campaign to Assess Urban Air Pollution

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Université de Patras, Greece. MEGAPOLI is coordinated by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) and involves 22 partners from 12 European countries including the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Switzerland and the UK. Participating in the study are researchers from Finland, France, Germany, Greece and Switzerland.

EEA: Fuel efficiency improvements of new cars in Europe slowed in 2016

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However, the Netherlands, together with Portugal (105 g CO 2 /km), Denmark and Greece (both 106 g CO 2 /km) remains among the countries having the most fuel-efficient new cars sold.

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Honda targets new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency with 8,500-mile diesel drive across Europe

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The 24 countries which are covered in the route, in alphabetical order, are as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Honda aims to win a new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency in an 8,500-mile (13,679 km) drive across all 24 contiguous EU countries in a 1.6

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DLR-led NEMESIS 2+ project develops compact direct steam reformer for diesel/biodiesel to H2

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The European NEMESIS 2+ consortium has and successfully tested a pre-commercial on-site system for the production of hydrogen from diesel and biodiesel. The prototype system—the size of a shipping container—can be integrated into existing infrastructure with relative ease.

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Fiat Introducing Fleet Version of eco:Drive

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Other companies have already demonstrated their support of eco:Drive Fleet—from Bosch and Eni (both companies contributed to developing some specific sections of the software) to Coca-Cola HBC Greece which has decided to improve its own fleet with vehicles equipped with eco:Drive.

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

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More Job Losses Coming To US Shale

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The economic crisis in Greece, OPEC’s high production levels and China’s market turmoil have created more pressure on oil prices, making a price rebound look highly unlikely in the near future. By Gaurav Agnihotri for Oilprice.com.

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Next-generation LNG carrier concept about 8% more energy efficient, with 5% more cargo

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—Nikolaos Kakalis, Manager of DNV GL Research & Development in Greece and responsible for COSSMOS development. DNV GL announced the completion of the LNGreen joint industry project, which worked to develop a state-of-the-art next-generation LNG carrier. Earlier post.)

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Pike Research updates xEV forecasts; projects Ford to lead US PEV market, followed by GM

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The economic malaise in Greece, Italy, Spain, France, and other Western European countries is expected to largely end. Pike Research has published an update to its earlier forecasts on xEVs: hybrid (HEVs); plug-in hybrid (PHEVs); and battery electric vehicles (BEVs). As a result of new assumptions, Pike Research has slightly reduced its forecasts for plug-in vehicles (PEVs: PHEVs and BEVs combined) from past forecasts. This reduction was driven largely by.

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Researchers show oil palm plantation expansion a significant source of CO2; projected to contribute more than all of Canada’s current fossil fuel emissions by 2020

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The total allocated leases spanned about 120,000 square kilometers, an area slightly smaller than Greece. Oil palm supplies more than 30% of world vegetable oil production. Its expanding production is driving rainforest destruction and massive carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new study led by researchers at Stanford and Yale universities.

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Kia introducing bi-fuel gasoline-LPG Picanto in Europe

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Initially, the bi-fuel model will be available in Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands, where it expected to account for up to 7% of Picanto sales. Picanto Click to enlarge. Responding to growing customer demand in Europe for small cars with low running costs and low emissions, Kia is introducing a bi-fuel gasoline-LPG model to its Picanto small car range. The new variant, introduced at the Frankfurt show, will record fuel economy in LPG mode of 5.8

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

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European distribution is in the following countries: Norway, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Hungary, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece with other distributors being appointed over the next few months. The REVA NXR. Click to enlarge.

Hyundai Heavy lands $1.12B order for two deepwater drillships; total of 9 new drillship orders this year

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HHI also recently won a $600-million order to build two 155,000 m 3 LNG carriers, including an option for another vessel of the same class, from Greece-based Dynagas Ltd. Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder, landed a US$1.12-billion order to build two deepwater drillships for drilling contractor Rowan Companies Inc. This contract also includes an option exercisable by Rowan to order an additional same-class drillship.

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New cars sold in Europe in 2011 were 3.3% more fuel efficient than those sold in 2010; increasing diesel uptake

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Between 2010 and 2011 the number of new car registrations increased in many Member States, notably Latvia (71%), Lithuania (68%) and Estonia (66%) , but fell in others, including Greece (-31 %), Portugal (-31%) and Spain (-17 %). Average carbon dioxide emissions per kilometer continue to fall in Europe, according to preliminary figures released by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The data also show that car manufacturers are mostly on track to meeting European Union (EU) targets.

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EPFL cooperative maneuvering control algorithm for integrating automated vehicles with legacy traffic; dynamic platooning

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In addition to EPFL, the AutoNet2030 project involved: Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (Greece, coordinator); Broadbit (Hungary); Baselabs (Germany); Centro Ricerche Fiat (Italy); ARMINES – Mines ParisTech – INRIA (France); Scania (Sweden); Hitachi Europe; and the Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany).

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