Volvo demonstrates foldable solar charging canopy in Italy

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As Volvo’s V60 Plug-in Hybrid arrives in Italy, we get another chance to see possibly the most beautiful charging canopy ever produced.

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Italy's Crisp Carabinieri Get New Patrol Cars: Tiny Electric Minicars

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Befitting a country full of supercar-makers, Italy''s police are known for driving some very exotic patrol cars. Italy''s national police, the Carabinieri, recently took Instead of nondescript sedans, officers sometimes cruise around in Lamborghinis. However, the latest addition to an Italian police fleet emphasizes efficiency over sex appeal.

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Hertz Italy Launches smart fortwo Electric Vehicle in Rome for Italo-NTV train customers

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These electric vehicles can be booked from €8 (US$10) per hour through the website [link] using the special Italo discount code, and will be powered at charging units provided by Enel, Italy’s largest electric utility. The program is a step in the Manifesto di Roma Capitale (Rome Manifesto) to increase the number of electric vehicles and other sustainability initiatives in Italy’s capital city.

Electric Vehicle Arteries (EVA+) fast charging: Enel, Verbund, Renault, Nissan, BMW & Volkswagen partner in Italy & Austria

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Enel, as coordinator, and Austria’s main utility Verbund are collaborating on a fast-recharging network project in Italy and Austria, alongside some of the world’s largest EV carmakers including Renault, Nissan, BMW and Volkswagen Group Italia (represented by Volkswagen and Audi). Electric Vehicle Arteries (EVA+) aims to create a fast charging infrastructure for electric vehicles on key roads and motorways in Italy and Austria.

Cruze US diesel engine being co-developed with GM diesel center of excellence in Torino, Italy

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For Cruze, powertrain engineers at GM’s diesel center of excellence in Torino, Italy, are working with counterparts in Pontiac, Mich., The coming Chevrolet Cruze diesel engine for the US market ( earlier post ) will leverage GM’s global powertrain expertise. GM sold more than half a million diesel-powered cars across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America last year, including 33,000 Cruzes.

Major carmakers start hydrogen car road tour

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Fuel Cells Green cars Hydrogen cars Hydrogen fuel Latest news Daimler Denmark France fuel cell cars germany green cars Honda hydrogen cars Hyundai Italy Toyota UKIf you live in Europe, it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for the European Hydrogen Road Tour 2012 – which is meant to demonstrate how fuel cell cars are ready to go. Major carmakers Toyota, Honda, Daimler and Hyundai will team up to bring seven hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (such as the Honda FCX Clarity, [.].

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Honda technology detects the potential for traffic congestion with the goal to prevent traffic jams; public-road testing in Italy and Indonesia

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With the goal to bring this technology to market, Honda will begin the first public-road testing of the technology in Italy and Indonesia in May and July of this year, respectively, to verify the effectiveness of the technology in minimizing vehicle congestion.

New electric scooter comes to the UK

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Bus operators in Germany, Italy to procure 63 fuel cell buses; larger refueling stations

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Bus operators from Germany and South Tyrol, Italy are partnering to procure 63 fuel cell buses for their public transport systems as part of the EU-funded JIVE project (€106 million total cost, with €32 million coming from the EU). Earlier post.) The project is also testing new hydrogen refueling stations capable of serving fleets of more than 20 buses.

European Commission opens infringement procedure against Italy over insufficient action on Fiat Chrysler emission control strategies

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The European Commission has launched an infringement procedure against Italy for failure to fulfil its obligations under EU vehicle type-approval legislation with regards to Fiat Chrysler (FCA) automobiles. The Commission sent a letter of formal notice asking Italy to respond to concerns about insufficient action taken regarding the emission control strategies employed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group (FCA).

Turboden to supply a 10 MW heat recovery ORC unit for Arvedi steel plant in Italy

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White Certificates (Energy Efficiency Certificates) are tradable certificates on the GME’s (Gestore del Mercato Elettrico, the exchange for electricity and natural gas spot trading in Italy) market released by the GSE following energy efficiency interventions in energy end-uses.

Beta Renewables’ 75M liter cellulosic ethanol plant opens in Italy

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Beta Renewables, part of the Mossi Ghisolfi Group, and Novozymes marked the official opening in Northern Italy of a 75-million-liter (20-million-gallon) cellulosic ethanol plant. Situated in fields outside the city of Crescentino, it is the first plant designed and built to produce bioethanol from agricultural residues and energy crops at commercial scale using enzymatic conversion, the partners said.

LAPD Gets Tesla Model S, BMW i3 Electric Cars As Police Cruisers

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DON'T MISS: Italy's Crisp Carabinieri Get New. Only a handful of models are typically used as police cars, usually big sedans and SUVs from the Detroit Three carmakers. But the Los Angeles Police Department is getting creative with some new additions to its fleet. The LAPD is pressing two electric cars into service, for the time being at least. Los Angeles police California plug-in cars

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Hydrogenics to supply 3 electrolyzers for H2 fueling station in Italy

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Hydrogenics Corporation has been awarded a contract for three HySTAT-60 electrolyzers by The Linde Group for installation as part of a hydrogen fueling station in Bolzano , Italy. Terms of the award were not disclosed. The station is currently under construction near a major motorway in Bolzano, thus well situated for large volumes of vehicular traffic; it is expected to supply hydrogen for both cars and buses.

Iveco to supply 115 natural gas Daily Vehicles to TNT Express Italy

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Iveco contracted to deliver 115 Daily Natural Power light commercial vehicles to TNT Express Italy by 2013. The methane gas-powered vehicles will be used by TNT for its express courier activities in the Rome area as well as other parts of Central Italy. Iveco Daily Natural Power vehicles awaiting delivery. Click to enlarge.

M&G to open 13 Mgpy cellulosic ethanol plant in Italy in 2012

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Mossi & Ghisolfi Group (M&G), a Novozymes partner, has broken ground on a 13 million gallons/year (50 million liters) production facility for cellulosic ethanol in Crescentino in northwestern Italy. Headquartered in Tortona (Italy), M&G is a multinational company operating in the chemicals industry and specializing in the production and sale of PET resins for food packaging.

New Natural Gas Vehicle Registrations in Italy Capture 7.4% Market Share Jan-July 09

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of total passenger car registrations in Italy from January-July 2009, according to figures from NGVA Europe and ACEA (the European Automobile Manufacturers Association). Natural gas vehicle registrations in Italy reached a cumulative total of 99,192 units Jan-July according to NGVA Europe; total passenger car registrations in Italy for the period were 1,336,098, according to ACEA. New registrations of natural gas-powered passenger vehicles (OEM and retrofit) represented 7.4%

United States and Italy Sign Agreements to Advance Developments in Nuclear Energy

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The US-Italy Joint Declaration Concerning Industrial and Commercial Cooperation in the Nuclear Energy Sector affirms the strong interest of the United States and Italy to encourage their respective nuclear industries to seek opportunities for the construction of new nuclear power plants.

Westport to acquire gas fuel system provider Emer S.p.A. of Italy

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Emer), of Brescia, Italy, for €27 million (approximately US$39.6 Complementary markets: Emer’s strength with OEMs in Italy, Germany and India complement Juniper’s existing strength in China and Russia and will allow for increased cross-channel sales. Westport Innovations Inc. has entered into a share purchase agreement to purchase Emer S.p.A. million) through a combination of stock and cash, plus the assumption of approximately €53 million in existing net debt within Emer.

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Renault-Nissan, Enel and Endesa to Partner on Electric Mobility in Italy, Spain and Latin America

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Enel, Endesa and the Renault-Nissan Alliance signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at developing electric mobility across several geographical areas in Italy, Spain and Latin America. Joint evaluation for development of pilot projects in areas to be identified in Italy, Spain and Latin America. Enel is Italy’s largest power company, and Europe’s second listed utility by installed capacity.

National Drive Electric Week: 150 Cities, 90,000 People, Electric Cars All Over

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cities, but also in Canada, Italy, and The Netherlands. This past week, thousands of people came out to learn about, experience, and extoll the virtues of the electric car. They were participating in National Drive Electric Week--which, despite its name, has become an international event taking place not only in 150 U.S. Organizers estimate that

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Electric vehicles put to test in Paris; Italy news

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In other news, the Alliance has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Italy’s A2A, the main electricity supplier in Lombardy. . Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news A2A EDF Energy electric vehicles Italy Lombardy Paris Renault-Nissan Alliance Paris is known as the city of romance, and now the Renault-Nissan Alliance and EDF Energy hope that its residents will fall in love with electric cars.

EV World publisher seeking to Kickstart e-bike project; EcoForce bamboo/aluminum bike with Bike+ All-in-One hub as incentive

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of Milan, Italy. Bill Moore, the publisher of EV World and longtime electric bike enthusiast, has spunoff a company, QuikByke, that will rent top-quality electric bicycles in tourist markets on a seasonal cycle: winter in the tropics, summer in the north.

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Chrysler To Fit Start-Stop As Standard On Certain 2015 Models

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The Michigan automaker, now owned by Italy''s Fiat, will offer the system as standard equipment on certain models of the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan and Jeep Cherokee crossover utility. Chrysler is the latest carmaker to add start-stop systems to some of its cars, another step in ongoing efforts to improve their fuel economy.

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Scania launches new 13-liter natural gas engine

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There is a growing interest in operating vehicles on biogas or natural gas in countries such as Italy and France as a result of increased availability, improved infrastructure and good economic viability for truckers.

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Euro Big 5 auto markets up 8.6% in April, SUVs continue to dominate; shift in segment shares

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Led by strong growth in Spain and Italy, new car registrations in Europe’s Big 5 markets grew by 8.6% However, the largest growth figures were recorded in Italy and Spain, where April’s volumes grew by 12.3% While Italy moderated its growth, after an 18% rise in January, followed by 28% in February and 18% in March, Spain returned to positive growth after a 1% decrease posted in March.

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GKN expands electric all-wheel drive program with BMW; eAxle for PHEV X1 in China

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The system will be supplied from GKN’s facility in Bruneck, Italy, but application and development work for the technology was conducted by GKN’s operations in Shanghai, China. GKN Driveline is expanding its global electric axle (eAxle) drive partnership with the BMW Group, supplying eAxle technology for a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 for the Chinese market.

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GKN Driveline developing new intelligent electromagnetic AWD coupling

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GKN has supplied the EMCD for more than 10 years and manufactures the technology in Tochigi, Japan, and Bruneck, Italy. GKN is developing a new intelligent electromagnetic all-wheel drive (AWD) coupling for SUVs and crossovers that will help make future AWD vehicles even more responsive and controllable on low-grip surfaces in low temperatures. The technology is expected to enter production during 2018.

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2012 Toyota Prius Minivan: Better Images From Japan, Via Italy!

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Toyota announced a year ago that it would apply the Prius model name not only to the current five-door hatchback, but to other hybrid vehicles as well. The first of these will be a 2012 Toyota Prius minivan, variously called the Prius Alpha or Prius Verso, though we don't yet know exactly what model name it will carry in the U.S. We've shown some

TTXGP says arrivederci to TTXGP Italy and heads to Assen with TTXGP Euro in its place

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Last week a couple blog posts surfaced claiming that the often rescheduled TTXGP Italy races were being canceled. Sadly can't share till tomorrow" and "Waiting for clearances for press release" Today they released an announcement that indeed the TTXGP Italy races have been canceled, and in its place they've put together a "TTXGP

Westport Acquires OMVL of Italy and 100% of Juniper Engines for 19M; Launching a Light-Duty Automotive Strategy for Alternative Fuel Engines

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and SIT Group of Italy (the owner of OMVL), will become, indirectly, wholly owned by Westport. Juniper will grow the business through new OEM relationships and continued strong aftermarket sales, leveraging OMVL’s capabilities and assembly facilities in Italy and Argentina that today supply Europe, Asia and the Americas. Westport Innovations Inc. has acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of OMVL SpA and OMVL’s 51% share of Juniper Engines Inc. for a combined consideration of €19.0

Toyota piloting all-hybrid car-sharing scheme in Europe: YUKÕ

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Toyota Europe is piloting a new full hybrid car sharing program—named YUKÕ – Japanese for ‘Let’s go’—in two European cities: Dublin, Ireland and Forlì, Italy. Vehicles in the program range from the B-segment Toyota Yaris Hybrid to its iconic Prius and will eventually also include its latest crossover, the Toyota C-HR Hybrid.

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Inductive Charging: It's Charged (A Few) Italian Buses For 10 Years Now

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Not if you live in Italy, where inductive charging isn't just being used now, but has been for a decade in bus fleets in Turin and Genoa. Inductive charging is one of those "wait a few years" technologies, right? The buses are charged each night at the depot, but to ensure they remain topped up during the day, induction coils are set into the road

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SUVs became the largest and fastest-growing automotive segment in 2015; up 22% from 2014

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Italy: + 48.6%. Global sales of SUVs surged 22% in 2015, supporting an overall increase in global sales of light vehicles of 1.7% in 2014-2015, according to data released by global market research company Euromonitor International. SUVs overtook lower medium cars to become the largest automotive segment in 2015, accounting for 22.9% of light vehicle sales globally. Sales of SUVs grew from 5 million units in 2000 to 20 million in 2015 and are forecast to hit 42 million units by 2031.

Tesla models now available for business lease in Europe

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The new leasing programme will make the Silicon Valley’s all-electric sports car models, the Roadster and Roadster Sport available on contract in countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium [.]. European car leasing firm, Athlon Car Lease has signed an agreement with Tesla Motors to make the firm’s electric models available to businesses across Europe.

Rome study finds Prius hybrids have zero tailpipe emissions for 74.2% of commuting journey time

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A study from the University of Rome commissioned by Toyota Motor Italy has found that the new, fourth-generation Prius hybrid operates with zero emissions for most of the time and distance covered on a typical city commute in Rome.

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

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Seven of the ten biggest market share winners were SUVs, with the new Hyundai Tucson controlling almost 1% of the market, following strong demand in the UK, Germany, Italy and Ireland.

LG Chem launches range of residential Li-ion battery systems in North America

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The commitment to delivering quality products and services has resulted in excellent annual growth and new business throughout Europe and Asia, especially in Germany, Italy, the UK, as well as Japan and Australia. LG Chem Ltd.,

Milan gives up cars on the Sabbath

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The Northern Italy city first imposed trial bans in 2007, the BBC reports, and is imposed whenever pollution breaks statutory limits for 12 consecutive days. The Italian city of Milan is to banish cars for 10 hours on Sunday in a bid to cut the city’s air pollution. Milan is one of Europe’s most polluted [.]. Green credentials ban car car-free Milan pollution smog traffic

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Clean Energy investment reaches record levels

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According to Pew Charitable Trusts, China, Germany, Italy and India were among the leading nations that attracted private investments with China solidifying its position as the world’s clean energy powerhouse. There was a 30 per cent increase in global clean energy investment during 2010 – as the total reached a whopping $243billion.

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