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Heliox to fast charge Volvo electric buses in Luxembourg

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Sales-Lentz, one of the public transport operators in Luxembourg, has ordered three Heliox Fast Charge Systems with OppCharge open interface to provide fast charging services for its four Volvo 7900 electric buses.

ABB delivers OppCharge fast charger for electric hybrid buses to Bertrange, Luxembourg

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ABB has inaugurated the first OppCharge fast-charging station for electric buses in Benelux, in the commuter belt town of Bertrange, Luxembourg. Potentially 12 Volvo electric hybrid buses operated by Sales-Lentz will be running on existing public bus lines in Luxembourg.

ABB installs two OppCharge fast chargers for electric hybrid buses in Luxembourg City

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ABB has installed two fast-chargers for electric hybrid buses at Luxembourg City’s central station. Inaugurated by Ville de Luxembourg on 10 February 2017, the chargers will support 5 electric hybrid buses from Volvo, fully charging each vehicle with 150 kW of power in three to six minutes, during the layover times at the end point of the bus route.

Westport and Volvo Car to introduce V90 Bi-Fuel into Belgium and Luxembourg

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Westport AB, a Westport Fuel Systems company, announced that Volvo Car will introduce the Bi-Fuel version of its new V90 station wagon in Belgium and Luxembourg. Unveiled at the 95 th European Motor Show in Brussels in January, the Volvo V90 Bi-Fuel is now available for order at participating Volvo dealers; deliveries are scheduled for May 2017.

Luxembourg bus operator orders five Volvo 7900 plug-in hybrid buses; ABB fast chargers

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Volvo has received an order for 5 Volvo 7900 plug-in hybrid electric buses ( earlier post ) from bus operator AVL (Autobus de la ville de Luxembourg). The five buses and chargers will be delivered towards the end of this year; one of the bus chargers will be placed at the central station in Luxembourg. Electric bus fast chargers will be supplied by ABB.

Delphi and University of Luxembourg SnT partner on joint research on electronic control systems for automotive

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Leading global automotive supplier Delphi and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust ( SnT ) of the University of Luxembourg have signed a four-year agreement to cooperate on a joint research program involving electronic control systems for automotive applications.

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

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On average, the heaviest cars were sold in Sweden (1,516 kg), Austria and Luxembourg (1,497 kg), whereas Maltese, Greek and Danish buyers typically purchased lighter cars (1,210, 1,253 and 1,265 kg respectively).

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Volvo Buses officially launching plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid; up to 75% reduction in fuel consumption

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Hamburg, Luxembourg and Stockholm have already signed up for supplies of the buses in 2014 and 2015. Volvo Buses will officially launch the plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show in September. The plug-in technology reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide by up to 75%, compared to a conventional diesel bus. Total energy consumption is reduced by 60%.

Compressed-Air Car Proponents Losing Faith

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Licensees of the much-hyped AirPOD minicar are pressing for results from Motor Development International, the Luxembourg-registered firm behind the compressed-air-powered vehicle. In recent postings to their websites and coverage by European news sources, some of MDI's partners are now openly questioning the technology and MDI's capacity to

ABB and Volvo Buses partnering on fast-charging system for hybrid and electric buses

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The first joint project will be the implementation of Volvo Electric Hybrids and ABB’s automatic e-bus chargers in the Luxembourg public transport system, where as many as 12 Volvo Electric Hybrid buses operated by Sales-Lentz will be running on existing lines by 2015.

Volvo Buses officially launches the all-new plug-in Electric Hybrid bus

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Hamburg, Luxembourg and Stockholm will implement the new bus system in 2014 and 2015. Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid with overhead conductive charging station and pantograph extended. Click to enlarge.

Volvo’s Nova Bus and STM to test three electric buses and two rapid charging stations in Montréal

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The deployment of the City Mobility Program is in progress in several cities around the world, such as Göteborg, Stockholm, Hamburg and Luxembourg.

Car sharing network expands across Europe

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Car sharing service, BlaBlaCar is to expand its reach across Europe entering no less than five new countries; Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal. First launched in Paris in 2006, the company’s long-distance ride-sharing network now operates in nine countries across Europe including the UK. As part of the launch in Poland, BlaBlaCar joins [.]. Green credentials BlaBlaCar car sharing

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

First Tesla Supercharger in Switzerland

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Tesla plans that by the end of 2014, 100% of the population of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark will live within 320 km of a Supercharger station, with about 90% of the population in England, Wales and Sweden living within the same distance of a charging station. Tesla Motors opened its first Supercharger station in Switzerland today; the Lully station is about 50 km (31 miles) northeast of Geneva on the A1 motorway.

Elektromotive continues European expansion

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Last week we told you that the company was heading to Belgium and Luxembourg (see article ), and now it will play a pivotal role in the introduction of an electric vehicle recharging infrastructure in Denmark. Once just a small company based in Brighton, it seems there is now no stopping Elektromotive as it continues its European expansion.

Guy Nègre, founder of compressed air engine car company MDI, dies

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MDI , a Luxembourg-based company striving to commercialize a compressed air engine vehicle ( earlier post ), reported last week that its founder, Guy Nègre, had died. In the US, Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), the US licensee for Luxembourg-based MDI, is working to launch US-based production of MDI-powered vehicles. The core of MDI’s work is a piston engine powered by the expansion of electronically injected compressed air.

Tesla delivered ~5,500 Model S worldwide in Q3, more than 1,000 to European customers; non-GAAP profit narrows and GAAP loss widens from Q2

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By the end of 2014, Tesla expects that the entire population of the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg and about 90% of the population in England, Wales and Sweden will live within 320 km (199 miles) of a Supercharger station. In its third quarter results, Tesla Motors reported delivering about 5,500 Model S units worldwide, with more than 1,000 of those going to European customers.

EC awards Better Place and partners €4.95M for EV infrastructure project, including battery switch stations

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of Belgium; Technical University of Denmark; the City of Amsterdam; Public Research Center Henri Tudor of Luxembourg; and DSB Kommerciel of Denmark.

Shell opens its first hydrogen fueling forecourt station in UK

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Shell is in the process of assessing the potential of future projects in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Shell, in partnership with ITM Power, opened the first hydrogen station to be situated on a forecourt in the UK. The new hydrogen station has been supplied by ITM Power and is the first fully branded and public hydrogen refueling site in the UK.

EEA: Air pollution in 10 EU countries still above legal limits; road transport and agriculture

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Since 2010, 10 Member States have persistently exceeded their respective emission ceilings for NO x (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg); NMVOCs (Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg) and NH 3 (Austria, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain).

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.

GE unveils LNG In A Box system

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The world’s first commercial application of the LNG In A Box system will be for LNG fueling stations in Europe to be delivered by Luxembourg-based LNG firm Gasfin through its operating company AIR-LNG, GE announced at the 17 th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG-17) in Houston.

Daimler Financial Services acquires PayCash Europe SA; launching “Mercedes pay” e-payment system

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PayCash Europe SA is a financial institution that is regulated by the Luxembourg banking authority with a license for electronic cash. Daimler Financial Services AG is acquiring the electronic payment services provider PayCash Europe SA. By gaining a foothold in the ePayment business, Daimler AG will be launching its own electronic payment services provider under the “Mercedes pay” brand name. The parties agreed not to disclose the details of the acquisition.

Peugeot sells out limited production run of 3008 HYbrid4 Limited Edition

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Peugeot took the opportunity of the Geneva Motor Show 2011 to open reservations for its 3008 HYbrid4 Limited Edition numbered special series in the network and on the internet in 11 European countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Air pollutant emission 2010 limits exceeded in twelve EU Member States; road transport NOx a main factor

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Preliminary analysis shows eleven Member States exceeding their respective NO x ceilings (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden). Twelve European Union Member States exceeded one or more of the emission limits set by the EU National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive, according to recent official data for 2010 reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA). In some instances the limits were exceeded by significant amounts.

Wrightspeed named as World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer

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Other selected pioneers come from France (2), Luxembourg (2), and Canada, Israel, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Wrightspeed Inc., developer of heavy-duty range-extended electric vehicle powertrains, was named one of the current crop of World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers—and was the only purely automotive technology company so selected.

Limited edition Peugeot 508 RXH sells out

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The innovative diesel-electric hybrid was made available across 12 European countries – Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom and Switzerland. Peugeot has announced that all 300 units of the limited edition 508 RXH were sold in just 3 days.

Boeing 747-8 Freighter makes transatlantic flight powered by 15% biojet blend in all engines

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It is scheduled to leave the air show the evening of June 22 and fly to Cargolux headquarters at Luxembourg for a two-day visit.

BMW updates BMW Connected with expanded services, device support and availability

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BMW Connected was already offered in the USA, Germany, Austria, UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Luxembourg. At the Paris Motos Show, BMW introduced an expanded set of services, device support and availabilitiy in more countries. The personal mobility companion BMW Connected already comprises many functions designed to help users with their daily mobility needs.

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ZPM launches crowd-sourced funding campaign to build compressed-air cars in US

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Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), the US licensee for Luxembourg-based MDI, the developer of the AirPod compressed-air car ( earlier post , earlier post ), has launched an indiegogo campaign to crowd-source $300,000 to fund US-based production of the AirPod.

Audi to ramp up A1 production

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The vehicle, which is now on sale in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, and will be on sale in most other European markets by mid-September, will see [.]. It’s considered to be the greenest car the company has ever produced (see article) and now Audi is expected to ramp up production of the new A1.

US$7.5M JOSPEL project to develop energy efficient climate control for EVs; leveraging Joule and Peltier effects

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Industry and research partners from the involved companies and organisations in Spain, Croatia, Italy, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, France, Portugal, Denmark and Germany recently met in Valencia to align expectations and aims of the project. A trans-European collaboration aims to develop a novel energy efficient climate control system to help reduce the energy used for passenger comfort in electric vehicles by at least 50%.

Nissan Teams Up with LeasePlan to Bring Nissan LEAF to Europe

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The thirteen countries involved in the agreement are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. LeasePlan, a Dutch financial institution specializing in fleet management, and Nissan signed an agreement to cooperate in a European-wide project to launch the electric Nissan LEAF in 2011. LeasePlan is the first leasing company to offer the Nissan LEAF in Europe.

Audi Boosting Production Capacity for A1 by 20%

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In response to reports from its dealers, Audi is increasing the production capacity of the new A1, which goes on sale tomorrow in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, followed by most other European markets from mid-September, by 20%.

Energy Crop Company Ceres Completes New Round of Financing

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The financing round was led by Artal Luxembourg and Ambergate Trust, and included European investment company Gimv, among others. Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. has completed a private offering of convertible preferred stock. The proceeds will be used, in part, to expand the company’s research and commercialization activities in the advanced biofuels and biomass-to-power markets.

Growing Number of EU Countries Levying CO2 Taxes on Cars and Incentivizing Plug-ins

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Incentives for electrically chargeable vehicles are now applied in all western European countries with the exceptions of Italy and Luxembourg. EU countries with CO 2 -based taxation policies by year since 2006. Data: ACEA. Click to enlarge.

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Volvo to deliver plug-in hybrid buses w/ fast overhead recharging to Hamburger Hochbahn as part of development partnership

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Volvo Buses has previously signed agreements regarding the implementation of electric hybrid buses or full electric buses with the cities of Gothenburg, Luxembourg, Montreal and Stockholm. As part of a new development partnership, Volvo Buses will deliver three Volvo Electric plug-in hybrids to Hamburger Hochbahn AG. The electric hybrids will enter into traffic in Hamburg towards the end of the year.

Field test shows Volvo Buses’ plug-in hybrid reduces fuel consumption by 81% and energy consumption by 61%; 21 mpg

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Hamburg and Luxembourg have already signed contracts for supplies of the buses in 2014 and 2015. Volvo Bus’ plug-in hybrid. The pantograph for rapid charging can be seen on the roof. Click to enlarge.

JRC Report Concludes Extreme Weather Wont Affect Average Levels of European Crop Output for 2010; Yields Up, Although Acreage Down; Heat and Drought Have Huge Impact on Russia

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Meanwhile, both spring and early summer brought a severe shortage of rain to Belgium, the Czech Republic, northern Germany, Greece, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, eastern Poland and the UK. Very high temperatures were recorded in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in June and July coupled with low rainfall. The European Commission says cereal production in 2010 will be close to the average recorded since 2005.