Tesla and Sixt Leasing partner in Switzerland; monthly Model S payments start at about US$920

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Tesla has expanded its strategic relationship with Sixt Leasing to include Switzerland as well as Germany. Tesla suggests that Model S customers will save up to CHF 300 (US$340) per month in fuel and tax savings compared to premium internal combustion vehicles, resulting in a potential effective net cost of driving Model S of about CHF 660 (US$749) per month.

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Switzerland welcomes fuel cell hybrid buses

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Fuel cell vehicles are continuing to expand internationally – with Switzerland the latest country to welcome the technology. Fuel Cells Green cars Latest news fuel cell buses green buses Mercedes Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid SwitzerlandPostAuto Schweiz is the first company in the country to deploy fuel cell vehicles as part of public road transport. It has had five Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid models (pictured) on the road since late 2011 and [.].

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ewz and Renault-Nissan Sign EV Agreement for Switzerland

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ewz, the municipal electric utility for the city of Zürich, Switzerland has signed a cooperation agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to promote electric vehicles. The aim is to develop zero emission mobility in Switzerland. The increased demand for electricity would lead to significant changes in Switzerland’s electric economy and infrastructure, ewz notes. Eric Nicolas, Senior Vice President of Nissan International S.A.

Mitsubishi Motors Partners to Promote the i-MiEV Electric Vehicle in Switzerland

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MM Automobile Schweiz AG and Switzerland’s largest electricity provider Alpiq Holding AG (Alpiq) through which the three parties will work together to promote the popularization of the new-generation electric vehicle i-MiEV in Switzerland. Under the MoU, the three companies will work together to confirm the viability of electric vehicles and Japan-developed quick-charger units in Switzerland.

Volkswagen, BASF present “Science Award Electrochemistry” to Dr. Jennifer Rupp from MIT; solid-state batteries

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The BASF and Volkswagen international “ Science Award Electrochemistry 2017” ( earlier post ) this year goes to Dr. Jennifer Rupp at MIT. Rupp is Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge (USA) and affiliated to ETH Zurich (Switzerland). The jury of representatives from BASF, Volkswagen and academia selected her for her outstanding research results in the area of next-generation energy storage systems.

Fleet Forum and Nissan launch EV demonstrator program

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Fleet Forum is a collaborative association that includes NGOs, international organisations, the United Nations, academic institutions, donors, and corporate partners and is dedicated to the improvement of transportation performance in road safety, cost efficiency and environmental impact. Among more than 50 members of Fleet Forum, 5 international aid organisations were selected as official participants and will start in Switzerland, Italy and UK.

BASF and Volkswagen present Science Award Electrochemistry to Dr. Vanessa Wood for work on Li-ion batteries

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The international “ Science Award Electrochemistry ” from Volkswagen and BASF ( earlier post ) goes this year to Dr. Vanessa Wood , Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zürich), Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Switzerland.

ICCT update finds real-world vehicle fuel economy gap continues to widen in Europe to 40%

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The gap between official fuel-economy figures and the real world for new cars in the EU has reached 40 per cent, according to the latest update by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to its on-going research into in-use vehicle fuel efficiency and CO 2 emissions.

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SEAT Ibiza sets new fuel economy record

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He set out from Cieszyn in Poland after the International Police Motor Corporation sealed the car’s bonnet and fuel filler. Ibiza may be the place most Brits go to enjoy some excessive drinking – but its namesake in the automotive world is anything but drunk on fuel. They simply don’t come much more frugal than the SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive, which recently clocked up an impressive average fuel economy of more than 120mpg as part of a mammoth 1,186mile tour of 12 European countries.

“Energiewende” in a tank; Audi e-fuels targeting carbon-neutral driving with synthetic fuels from renewables, H2O and CO2; Swiss policy test case

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—Rupert Stadler, Audi CEO, at the International Vienna Motor Symposium in 2014. The policy side; test case in Switzerland. Switzerland’s Two-Chamber Parliament. The key technology for splitting CO 2 from ambient air at reasonable cost was developed in Switzerland.

Rinspeed to introduce new electric “microMAX” concept at 2013 Geneva Motor Show

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Bucherer; Continental Automotive Switzerland; Esoro AG; Evonik Industries AG; Gaugler&Lutz; HARMAN International, Inc.; Rinspeed will introduce the electric “microMAX” concept at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show next March.

Pike Research ranks ChargePoint, DBT as top EV charging equipment supply companies

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ChargePoint and DBT USA will showcase a joint EV charging station innovation at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas). Pike’s top 11-20 countries are: Austria, Australia, Belgium, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

EEA report suggests road charges for heavy-duty goods vehicles should reflect varied health effects of pollution in different countries

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Exhaust emissions from diesel engines were recently labelled as carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The average cost of pollution from a 12-14 tonne Euroclass III lorry is highest in Switzerland, at almost €0.12 (US$0.16) per kilometer.

EV Trophy European EV rally to cover 2500 km

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Electric Marathon International (Ukraine), in partnership with European Green Cities Network under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, is organizing the EV Trophy electric vehicle rally. The rally will go through: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, France and Monaco.

ICCT: gap between official and real-world fuel economy figures in Europe reaches ~38%; call to implement WLTP ASAP

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The gap between official and real-world fuel-economy figures in Europe has risen to about 38%, according to a new report published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). United Kingdom); and the car club TCS (Switzerland).

Researchers contend that large-scale forest bioenergy is neither sustainable nor greenhouse-gas neutral

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Large-scale bioenergy production from forest biomass is unsustainable and will increase greenhouse gas emissions, according to a group of international researchers in an invited analysis in the journal Global Change Biology/Bioenergy. Land management trade-off: maximizing productivity vs. carbon stocks. NPP= net primary production. Schulze et al. Click to enlarge.

SkyNRG and AEG Fuels deliver sustainable aviation biofuels for Bombardier Business Aircraft demo fleet

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SkyNRG and AEG Fuels completed the delivery of sustainable aviation biofuels for the Bombardier Business Aircraft demonstration fleet flying from KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. This milestone follows the recent successful biofuel-powered flights of its demonstration aircraft out of Los Angeles International Airport.

Member of Swiss National Councils fills up with sunfire solar diesel to call attention to need for regulatory reform

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An electric car charged up using coal-fired electricity is less environmentally friendly than an equivalent vehicle with an internal combustion engine that runs on synthetic fuel produced using green energy.

Application process now open for 2015 BASF/VW “Science Award for Electrochemistry”

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The International Science Award offers total prize money of €100,000, including €50,000 for the first rank. The international Science Award for Electrochemistry supports outstanding work in natural and engineering science and aims to provide a stimulus for the development of high-capacity energy storage systems. The application process for the fourth (2015) BASF/VW “ Science Award for Electrochemistry ” ( earlier post ) is now open. Researchers have until 24 July 2015 to apply.

California Air Resources Board releases draft regulations for cap-and-trade program linkage with Québec

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The proposed linkage is another indication of the wide range of action taking place in the international arena. Starting next year 34 emissions trading programs will serve as the primary vehicle to drive greenhouse gas reductions in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and 27 European Union members, along with California and Québec.

BRUSA and Swiss Forum for Electric Mobility launching sponsorship award

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BRUSA Elektronik AG together with the Swiss Forum for Electric Mobility is launching an international sponsorship award for outstanding projects in the field of electric mobility. Born in Austria in 1963, Arno Mathoy moved after his years at university to Switzerland, where as the CTO of BRUSA he took an active role in providing the technological foundations for the recent progress in electric car manufacturing across Europe.

Nations agree on global, legally binding treaty on mercury emissions: Minamata Convention on Mercury

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At the conclusion of the International Negotiating Committee on Mercury ( INC5 ) meeting in Geneva ( earlier post ), nations agreed on a global, legally-binding treaty to prevent mercury emissions and releases. Initial funding to fast track action until the new treaty comes into force in the expected three to five years’ time has been pledged by Japan, Norway and Switzerland.

ICCT analysis finds real-world vehicle fuel consumption gap in Europe at all-time high of 42%

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The average gap between official fuel consumption figures and actual fuel use for new cars in the EU has reached 42%, according to the latest update by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to its on-going research into vehicle fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions.

1.0-liter EcoBoost powering 1 in 5 new Fords sold in 1H 2014 in Europe

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The 1.0-liter EcoBoost was in June again named the 2014 International Engine of the Year. In addition to collecting seven International Engine of the Year awards in three years—including Best New Engine in 2012—the 1.0-liter EcoBoost also has been awarded the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany; the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain; and in the US, the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine.

A Jewish Electric Car?

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At the just-ended World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Shimon Peres held informal talks about building an electric-car factory in Israel with representatives of Toyota and Renault. Every drop purchased on the international markets propping up its sworn enemies should be reason enough. A report from IsraelNationalNews.com out of Davos reports on talks to build electric cars in Israel.

8th Fully Networked Car workshop to be held in association with Geneva Motor Show

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The eighth annual Fully Networked Car workshop , will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, 6 March 6, in association with the Geneva International Motor Show. The workshop is organized by the World Standards Cooperation (WSC), a partnership comprising the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Applications open for the fifth Volkswagen and BASF “Science Award Electrochemistry”; new special award for applied research

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The BASF and Volkswagen international “ Science Award Electrochemistry ” is now in its fifth year ( earlier post ) and has opened the application period for this year’s award. The international “Science Award Electrochemistry” supports excellent scientific and engineering achievements and intends to provide fresh impetus to the development of high-efficiency energy storage devices.

North Sea Group Establishes Ethanol Subsidiary

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The new venture, which is called North Sea Global Ethanol (NSGE), has its headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, and initially a subsidiary in São Paulo, Brazil. NSGE is an international ethanol trading, distribution and investment company that is focusing on all global ethanol markets. North Sea Group, the largest independent fuel supplier in the Benelux, has set up a new subsidiary that will focus on ethanol sales and distribution.

Mitsubishi to Premiere All-new ASX Compact Crossover at Geneva Motor Show; Diesel with Stop-Start

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will premiere its ASX all-new compact crossover at the 80 th Geneva International Motor Show held at the Geneva Palexpo in Switzerland, 2-14 March 2010. The ASX. Click to enlarge. Among other available powertrains, the European-spec version will be fitted with an all-new Euro 5-compliant 1.8L turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine jointly developed by MMC and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Bombardier showing TRAXX AC Last Mile Locomotive

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Initial test runs are currently taking place on the public network in Switzerland. The TRAXX product family is designed for the transportation of goods and passengers on national and international routes on all networks.

9 Teams Advancing to Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Validation Stage

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Nine Finalist teams in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE have made it through on-track testing at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and now move into a Validation stage before prize money will be awarded this September. Edison2, Very Light Car #97 (Charlottesville, VA), Internal Combustion Engine. Edison2, Very Light Car #98 (Charlottesville, VA), Internal Combustion Engine. X-Tracer, E-Tracer #72 (Switzerland), Battery Electric.

Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Concludes Knockout Qualifying Stage; 15 Vehicles from 12 Teams Continue On

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The remaining vehicles—two in the Mainstream class and 13 in the Alternative class—will now proceed to the Finals Stage, set for 19-30 July at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Mich. Edison2 Very Light Car #97 (Charlottesville, VA) Internal Combustion Engine. Edison2 Very Light Car #98 (Charlottesville, VA) Internal Combustion Engine. Edison2, Very Light Car #95 (Charlottesville, VA) Internal Combustion Engine.

Hybrid-electric powertrain for road sweepers; natural gas genset

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Empa, ETH Zürich and the road sweeper manufacturer Bucher Municipal have jointly developed a pioneering hybrid-electric powertrain for road sweepers in a CTI (Switzerland’s Commission for Technology and Innovation) project.

Study finds modern diesel cars emit fewer carbonaceous particulates than gasoline cars

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A new study by an international team led by researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland has found that modern diesel passenger cars equipped with diesel particulate filters (DPFs) emit fewer carbonaceous particulates than gasoline-powered vehicles.

PetroChina and INEOS complete transaction to form trading and refining JVs related to refining operations in Scotland and France

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PetroChina Company Limited and INEOS Group completed the deal to form trading and refining Joint Ventures between PetroChina International (London) Company Limited, and INEOS Investments (Jersey) Limited on 1 July. The refinery supplies fuel by pipelines into France, Switzerland and Southern Germany.

Continental calls for market-based adaptation of the legal framework to support autonomous driving

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International automotive supplier Continental is calling for a market-based adaptation of the legal framework for automated driving. It aims to facilitate international road traffic and increase road safety. In addition to Germany and most EU Member States, the other principal signatories include Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey.

Top 10 Green Cars of the Geneva Motor Show. The Green Piece

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Tuesday 23 February 2010 Steeped in tradition, having been established in 1905 and now set for its 80th edition, the Geneva International Motor Show has always been one of the highlights of the automotive calendar. Regarded as a level playing field for the world’s car manufacturers as Switzerland lacks an automotive industry of [.]. The Green Piece Column.

Aviation Summit calls for global framework on emissions reductions

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The 6 th Aviation and Environment Summit , recently held in Geneva, Switzerland, concluded with the adoption of an industry declaration titled “Aviation Benefits Beyond Boundaries,” as a joint message to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

EU and China to collaborate on low-carbon city projects

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Climate-KIC currently has centers in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK and is represented in the regions of Valencia, Central Hungary, Emilia Romagna, Lower Silesia, Hessen and the West Midlands. It is the first time that local and regional authorities will play a leading role in such international relations.

Musk says Tesla making significant investments in Germany: Superchargers, service centers and free tuning for better Autobahn performance

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Citing data from Germany’s Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), a report in the International Business Times noted that Tesla had sold 98 Model S units in August and September. Within the next month, Tesla will begin construction on Supercharger stations in locations to energize the corridors between Munich and Stuttgart, Munich and Zurich, Switzerland, and Cologne and Frankfurt.