Paks, Hungary orders 10 electric Solaris buses

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The city of Paks, located in the central part of Hungary, has ordered 10 zero-emission electric buses from Solaris: six Solaris Urbino 12 electric vehicles and four 8.9-meter electric buses with five stationary chargers.

Alstom and MOL to explore use of hydrogen technologies for rail transport in Hungary

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Alstom and MOL, Hungary’s leading oil and gas company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to structure cooperation in examining the use of hydrogen technology in rail transportation. As part of its National Hydrogen Strategy, Hungary has been investigating the feasibility of introducing hydrogen technology to rail transportation. The battery is used to store braking energy, to boost acceleration and for auxiliary supply.


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Toray, LG Chem to establish battery separator film joint venture in Hungary

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Toray Industries and LG Chem have agreed to form a battery separator film joint venture in Hungary. LG Chem will invest US$375 million (around ¥43 billion) in Toray Industries Hungary Kft. THU), a 100% subsidiary of Toray engaged in manufacture and sales of battery separator film, which would then establish LG Toray Hungary Battery Separator Kft. The Toray Group will continue to develop, manufacture, and supply battery separator film and coating in Japan and Korea.

SK Innovation to build a third European battery plant in Hungary; $2.29B by 2028, 30 GWh

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SK Innovation will initially invest US$1.148 billion in SK Battery Hungary (SKBH) to build its third European factory in Iváncsa, Hungary, with a production capacity of 30 GWh per year. This scale of output would supply batteries for approximately 430,000 cars based on 70 kWh per charging with a more than 400 km range. SK’s first and second European plants are also located in Hungary (Komárom); the expected third plant will be the largest.

Schaeffler opens new dedicated e-mobility plant in Hungary; expects €2-3B in annual e-mobility orders from 2022 on

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Automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has opened a new production facility at its Szombathely location in the west of Hungary. Construction work on Szombathely II, the Schaeffler Group’s second plant in western Hungary, started in 2020.

Audi building 160,000 m2 photovoltaic system for Gy?r, Hungary plant

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With the construction of the solar-cell park, we are now taking a further step to achieve this in terms of power supply. Together with E.ON, Audi is building a solar energy park on the roofs of the two logistics centers of its plant in Gy?r r covering about 160,000 square meters. This will create Europe’s largest photovoltaic system installed on a building at the Audi Hungaria plant in Gy?r. The system will have a peak output of 12 megawatts.

Audi switching from truck to rail for battery delivery

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Components for the production of batteries at Audi’s Brussels plant will no longer be delivered by truck from Hungary, but by rail with DB Cargo. —Dieter Braun, Head of Supply Chain at Audi AG. In Hungary and Belgium, Audi uses DBeco neutral.

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Toyocolor to supply SK Innovation with Lioaccum conductive CNT dispersions for Li-ion cathodes

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the colorants and functional materials division of Japan’s Toyo Ink Group, will supply the North American and European operations of SK Innovation, a South Korean lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer, with Toyocolor’s Lioaccum series of conductive carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersions.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars invests €1B in new “Full-Flex” car plant in Hungary; Factory 56 applied to full plant

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Mercedes-Benz Cars is starting construction of its first “Full-Flex Plant“ in Kecskemét, Hungary, about 90 km in the south of Budapest. With an investment of one billion euros, we are building in Hungary the first ‘Full-Flex Plant’ in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. —Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Manufacturing and Supply Chain. The plant is highly efficient and has a CO 2 -neutral energy supply.

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Audi building geothermal plant for factory in Gy?r, Hungary; 60% of total heat requirements

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After going into operation in just over a year, it will supply the company with at least 82,000 megawatt hours of geothermal energy per year and will cover about 60% of total heat requirements. signed a long-term contract on the supply of heat energy with the Hungarian company “DDEnergy.” r Geothermal Project,” with which geothermal resources are to be utilized for the region’s entire industrial energy supply.

Bosch supplying factory equipment for battery production; €250M business by 2025

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Bosch’s role is to supply automated assembly lines for welding and gluing the battery cells. Electric “tailwind” for bicycles comes from Hungary: since 2015, the Bosch plant in Miskolc has been manufacturing high-performance e-bike batteries that feature an extended range and a long service life. Fully automated local production ensures high quality standards, maximum battery safety, and stable supply chains for e-bike manufacturers.

Mercedes-Benz Cars plants in Germany to be supplied with CO2-neutral energy from 2022

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In Germany, all Mercedes-Benz plants will be supplied with CO 2 -neutral energy. Today, new plants in Europe are already planned with a CO2-neutral energy supply from the start. With a CO2-neutral energy supply of the plants, we are consistently pursuing this approach and are actively driving sustainability in production. —Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.

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Solaris to deliver another 48 trolleybuses to Budapest

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The vehicles will be fitted with an additional battery power supply that will allow them to drive without being connected to overhead wires. Solaris buses and trolleybuses have been present in Hungary since 2002.

Audi Hungaria starts operation of Europe’s biggest solar roof installation

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In 2012 Audi’s Hungarian plant opened a geothermal facility to supply most of its heat requirements. r in Hungary is engaged in decarbonization by means of three mechanisms. The second measure is the supply of geothermal energy. Audi Hungaria, in cooperation with E.ON

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Benchmark Minerals: Europe’s EV gigafactory capacity pipeline to grow 6-fold to 789.2 GWh to 2030

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Samsung SDI (Hungary): 20 GWh. SK Innovation (Hungary): 7.5 A more recent trend with Europe’s lithium-ion battery build out is the emergence of auto majors as pseudo-battery producers seeking to secure cell supply through joint-venture plants.

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BYD delivers 246 electric buses to Keolis Nederland

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An extremely efficient production process of the eBuses was achieved by an integrated approach throughout the BYD supply chain and its various manufacturing sites, including the BYD Hungary eBus production facility.

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Schaeffler introducing 4in1 electric axles for EVs

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In the future, Schaeffler will supply beam axles to automobile manufacturers, particularly in North America. In the electric beam axle, the electric motor, transmission, power electronics, and the entire rear axle are connected to each other and supplied to the customer as a ready-to-fit unit.

Roskill: surge in electrodeposited copper foil projects to meet projected EV demand

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The primary factors determining the siting of new foil capacity include proximity to EV battery making customers; a site suitable for multiple expansion phases; locally available supplies of high-grade copper scrap (the primary raw material) and finally, a cheap and reliable electricity supply (the main manufacturing cost), Roskill said.

Remy International, Inc. Supplying HVH Electric Motors to Daimler for 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Two-Mode Hybrid

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is supplying Daimler with HVH (High Voltage Hairpin) electric motors for the two-mode hybrid transmissions used in the 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid ( earlier post ) recently released to the United States market. Remy is supplying two HVH electric motors per ML 450 hybrid vehicle. The Remy HVH motors for the Mercedes ML450 Hybrid will be manufactured at Remy’s manufacturing plant in Mezokovesd, Hungary.

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Benchmark: Li-ion battery pipeline could exceed 6 TWh by end of decade

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The numbers highlight the increasingly global spread of battery gigafactories, as automakers look to secure local supply chains to lower costs and reduce the risk of trade disruption. In March China’s EVE Energy announced plans to set up its first European battery plant with an estimated capacity of 30 GWh in Debrecen, Hungary. Tier 1 is defined as a battery manufacturer that is qualified to supply more than one multinational automaker outside of China—e.g.,

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BMW outlines iFACTORY production strategy; transformation to e-mobility; Plant Debrecen first CO2-free plant

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The BMW iFACTORY is not a one-off showpiece but an approach we will implement at all our plants in the future —from our 100-year-old home plant in Munich to our forthcoming plant in Debrecen, Hungary.

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Frost & Sullivan: Li-ion battery materials market to reach $51.60B by 2027 from $18.75B in 2020; 15.6% CAGR

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China leads the demand and supply of all of the key battery materials, accounting for more than 85% of the total global supply of cathode materials, anode materials, electrolytes, and separators. To ensure supply security and strike a balance in cost and driving ranges, leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are expected to opt for an optimized chemistry mix comprising lower-cost LFP batteries, higher-energy-density NCM batteries, and low-cobalt, high-nickel NCM batteries.

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Report: Suzuki broadening ties with Fiat with 1.6L diesel engine deal

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is broadening its alliance with Fiat SpA, which will supply Suzuki with 1.6-liter diesel engines. The Italian automaker will supply an annual supply of 20,000 to 30,000 of the European-built engines. Suzuki plans to use the engines in the SX4, which the two jointly developed, at its assembly plant in Hungary. Suzuki, which sells the SX4 under its own brand and supplies it to Fiat, also makes a 1.3-liter Fiat diesel engine under a licensing agreement in India.

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Tesla “Camp Mode” and other features become indispensable for Ukraine EV owners


” The EV supporter shared various images of Teslas across the country, some of which were holding supplies, food, and even armaments in their storage areas. . So far, reports have indicated that Tesla Klub Polska members have shared first aid, food, and supplies with refugees.

PRoPART project successfully demonstrates highly accurate positioning solution for automotive use

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The self-driving truck was supplied by Scania, with Hungary-based V2X company Commsignia providing in the C-ITS technology.

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Mercedes introducing EQB compact electric SUV in Shanghai

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After Europe, the international version of the EQB, produced in Kecskemét, Hungary, will be launched at the end of the year, followed by the US market launch in 2022. The new Mercedes-Benz EQB is making its debut at Auto Shanghai 2021 this week.

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Samsung SDI shows high-energy density fast-charging cell for EVs; production targeted for 2021

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Samsung SDI initiated the construction of an automotive battery factory located in Hungary in August of last year, forming a triangular global operation: Korea, China and Europe. Based on this localization strategy, the plan is to actively respond to the diverse requirements of global automakers by supplying the cutting-edge automotive batteries and LVS solutions in the proximity.

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Mercedes-Benz to invest ~€500M to produce electric compact EQ model at Hambach plant

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—Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain. The production network of the new generation of compact cars includes the plant in Kecskemét, Hungary, the BBAC production site in Beijing, the COMPAS plant in Aguascalientes (Mexico) as well as the Finnish manufacturing service provider Valmet Automotive. Mercedes-Benz Cars is expanding its production capacities for electric cars in Europe.

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Mercedes-Benz will be producing 8 all-electric EQ models in 2022

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—Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain. The batteries for the Mercedes-EQ electric vehicles are supplied by a global battery production network with plants on three continents.

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Teijin Frontier to acquire J.H. Ziegler; addressing EV demand

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The company operates five facilities globally, including three in Germany and one each in Hungary and China, and employs approximately 400 staff. Teijin Frontier Co., the Teijin Group’s fiber and products converting company, agreed to acquire J.H. Ziegler GmbH (Ziegler), a leading supplier of automotive interior materials in Germany, at a cost of approximately €125 million (US$146 million). Ziegler will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teijin Frontier.

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Drone Startup to Fly Pallets Without Pilots

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Especially between north and south Europe—from Germany and Hungary, where there’s a lot of automotive business,” says Jan Kleine-Lasthues , Hellmann’s chief operating officer for air freight. What effect would massive fleets of such drones have had on today’s supply-chain problems? “It

Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant to produce compact electric EQ vehicles; 3rd center of competence for EQ models in Germany

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The pioneering 48-volt on-board power supply is celebrating its premiere in the new generation of the S-Class and will be gradually introduced in various model series. The production compound of the current compact car generation further includes the plant in Kecskemét, Hungary (production: B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake), the Chinese production location BBAC (Beijing-Benz Automotive Co.

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War in Ukraine: We Need to Talk About Fossil Fuels

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This war will have many long-term consequences, but possibly none more important than its effects on the future of the European energy supply. Rapid severing of Europe’s Russian supplies would create an unprecedented economic and existential emergency on the continent.

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

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The unit will provide journey information in real-time to ensure that Honda can supply robust and reliable automated data-evidence to meet the requirements stipulated by Guinness World Records. 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 i-DTEC diesel engined Honda Civic Tourer. In the Civic Tourer, the 1.6

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How Russia Sent Ukraine Racing Into the “Energy Eurozone”

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We have guaranteed ourselves an uninterrupted power supply for weeks and months,” said Kudrytskyi yesterday. "We Ukraine can now import up to 2 gigawatts of European power over links from Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary, enabling it to conserve domestic reserves of coal and hydropower.

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

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Germany, the first to implement the lowest sulfur level of 10 ppm in 2003, remains atop the ranking, followed by Japan and a six-country tie for third place among Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary and Sweden. Environmental damage to forests, crops and water supplies can also result from long-term, high-sulfur emissions. Maximum gasoline sulfur limits. Click to enlarge.

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DAF Putting LF Hybrid Truck Into Production; Eaton Hybrid System

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In addition to the battery pack, DAF hybrid technology consists of a current transformer that converts the alternating current supplied by the generator to direct current for the batteries. DAF is starting to supply the LF Hybrid in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium; countries in which market research has shown that the interest in hybrid vehicles is highest. The DAF LF hybrid. Click to enlarge.

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COVID-19 Forced Us All to Experiment. What Have We Learned?

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John Snow's 1854 Broad Street map of cholera contagion in London was not only instrumental in identifying lessons learned—the most important being that cholera was transmitted via the water supply—but also in improving policymaking during the crisis.

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Opel presents new 1.0 SIDI Turbo engine at Aachen Colloquium; below 100 gCO2/km and ~59 mpg in the Adam

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This supplies high or low pressure as required by running conditions and includes on-off control of the under-skirt piston cooling jets. All variants of these new engine families are built at Opel’s plant in Szentgotthard, Hungary, where gasoline and diesel engines are produced on a shared assembly line. New 1.0-liter SIDI turbo with 85 kW/115 hp. Click to enlarge.

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GM introducing new generation of modular 3- and 4-cylinder Ecotec engines; 11 variants from 1.0L to 1.5L

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Shenyang, China; Szentgotthárd, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; and Changwon, South Korea. Rather than the linear operation of a conventional fixed-flow pump, it is accomplished with a crankshaft-driven oil pump that matches the oil supply to the engine load. The cam phasers are supplied with oil through separate bores in the cylinder block and head. A cylinder head-mounted pump supplies fuel to the injectors at up to 2,900 psi (20 MPa). New Ecotec 1.0L I-3, 1.4L I-4, 1.5L

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Downsized 4.0 TFSI for Audi S8 cuts fuel consumption 23% compared to predecessor; cylinder deactivation and start-stop

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Technologies such as plate honing are used during assembly of the V8 at the Audi plant in Györ, Hungary. Acceleration sensors on the two engine mounts supply the data that determine the amplitude necessary to cancel out the vibration. Audi S8 4.0 TFSI start-stop and cylinder deactivation. Click to enlarge. The newly developed 4.0

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2020 Top 10 Countries in the Global EV Revolution

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This paid back in spades, with EV share flying from 700k EVs globally in 2020, supplying over one-third of global demand outside of China. Welcome to the 7th Annual Top 10 EV Countries list — my own very personal version of March Madness!

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Let’s Prove Putin Wrong On European Fossil Fuel Addiction!


Let’s prove that he is wrong, writes András Lukács of Clean Air Action Group Hungary. The European Union relies on imports for 96% of its crude oil supply, and about […].