Romania doubles electric-car subsidies, adds 'cash for clunkers' program

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Europe cash for clunkers incentives plug-in cars government subsidy RomaniaIn recent years, governments have increasingly worked to encourage the sales of plug-in electric vehicles. Incentive programs for the purchase of a low-emission vehicle have been adopted across the world. The amounts granted and the mechanisms vary according to the individual program, but the goal is the same: reduce emissions. DON’T MISS.

Clariant to build flagship sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania

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The new plant, with an annual production capacity of 50,000 tons, will be built in the southwestern part of Romania. Specialty chemicals company Clariant announced the approval by its Board of Directors to invest in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology.

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Honeywell’s UOP technology selected to boost yields at Romania’s largest synthetic rubber facility

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a Honeywell company, announced today that its UOP KLP technology has been selected to boost yields at Romania’s largest synthetic rubber production facility. Romania’s Energy Bio-Chemicals will use the UOP KLP process to purify butadiene, a monomer used to produce synthetic rubber, at the company’s CAROM Onesti Styrene Butadiene Rubber facility. UOP Ltd.,

New car sales down in January

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Green cars Latest news car registrations European Union France germany new car sales Portugal Romania UKIt may not be the bleak times of the credit crunch, but demand for new cars slumped dramatically during January. In the first month of the year, new car registrations fell by 7.1 per cent in the EU compared to the same month one year ago. The data, from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, shows [.].

GM electric-car goals, EPA test worries, 5-minute battery recharge, Google vs Uber: Today's Car News

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Romania has doubled its electric-car purchase incentives; they're now more than $10,000 for a new car. Today, uncertainty over EPA emission testing, GM's electric-car goal, concern over the fate of more capable start-stop systems, and a 5-minute battery recharge? All this and more on Green Car Reports. Someday, one carmaker will sell affordable. Today in Car News

Will Igniting Fuel With Lasers Make Spark Plugs Obsolete?

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But if you were to sit in, you would hear a paper by a research team in Japan and Romania that offers a fascinating new avenue for increasing engine efficiency and reducing gas consumption: Ditch the spark plugs, and use lasers to ignite You may have other plans for Sunday than attending the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in Baltimore.

4Q 2019: EU diesel demand continues to drop while gasoline gains; plug-ins up 80.5% y-o-y

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digit gains were also seen in Belgium (+17.7%), Slovenia (+18.2%), Hungary (+18.4%), Sweden (+30.5%) and Romania (+31.1%). In the last quarter of 2019, EU demand for diesel cars further decreased , dropping to 29.5%

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Passenger car registrations in EU down 7.1% in January 2012 year-on-year

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The biggest contraction was noted in Portugal (-47.4%) and the largest increase in Romania (+86.4%). In January 2012, demand for new cars dropped by 7.1% in the EU, compared to the same month a year earlier, according to data from the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association).

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3-year, $75.7M eRamp power electronics research project launches at Infineon

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The Project eRamp is co-funded by grants from ENIAC Joint Undertaking and from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia und the UK. The three-year research project “eRamp”, intended to strengthen and expand Germany and Europe as centers of expertise for the manufacture of power electronics, launched at Infineon Technologies in Dresden. Twenty-six research partners from six countries are participating.

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ICCT study finds noise and climate impacts of a new generation of supersonic aircraft could be significant

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Canada, Germany, Iraq, Ireland, Romania, Turkey, and parts of the United States would experience frequent sonic booms; the most heavily impacted regions could be exposed to between 150 and 200 incidents per day, or up to one boom every five minutes over a 16 hour flight day.

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Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Romania. 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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HELLA introduces top-end UP5.0 electric vacuum pump for brake systems; increased fuel efficiency

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HELLA manufactures fuel pumps in Germany, Romania, the US, Mexico and China. Automotive supplier HELLA has introduced its latest electrically driven vacuum pump—UP5.0—for —for vehicle brake systems.

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Petrobras awards Technip/DOF Subsea JV ~$3.5bn in contracts for four new pipelay support vessels; ultra-deep water capabilities

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The hulls of these vessels will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania and outfitted at Vard Søviknes in Norway. Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.

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EEA report finds more action needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens from air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures

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A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) warns that the health of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens remains disproportionately affected by environmental hazards such as air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures, especially in Europe’s eastern and southern regions, despite overall improvements in Europe’s environmental quality. The map uses a color gradient to show the GDP per capita per NUTS3 region, classified in quantiles against the highest exposure to PM 2.5 pollution represented as hatched areas (only the top 20% of PM 2.5 are shown). Source: EEA. The EEA report “ Unequal exposure and unequal impacts: social vulnerability to air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures in Europe ” draws attention to the close links between social and environmental problems across Europe. The distribution of these environmental threats and the impacts they have on human health closely mirror differences in income, unemployment and education levels across Europe. While EU policy and legislation over past decades have led to significant improvements in living conditions, both economically and in terms of environmental quality, regional inequalities persist. The report stresses that better alignment of social and environment policies and improved local action are needed to successfully tackle environmental justice issues. KEY FINDINGS. Air and noise pollution. Eastern European regions (including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria) and regions in southern Europe (including Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece), where incomes and education are lower and unemployment rates higher than European averages, were more exposed to air pollutants including particulate matter (PM) and ground level ozone (O 3 ). Wealthier regions, including large cities, tend to have on average higher levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ), mostly because of the high concentration of road traffic and economic activities. However, within these regions themselves, it is still the poorer communities that tend to be exposed to higher local levels of NO 2. Exposure to noise is much more localized than exposure to air pollution and ambient levels vary considerably across short distances. The analysis did find a tentative link between noise levels in cities and lower household incomes, suggesting that cities with poorer populations have higher noise levels. Extreme temperatures. Southern and south-eastern European regions are more affected by higher temperatures. Many regions in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are also characterized by lower incomes and education, higher levels of unemployment and larger elderly populations. These socio-demographic factors can reduce individuals’ ability to respond to and avoid heat and thus result in negative health outcomes. In parts of Europe a large number of people are unable to keep their homes adequately warm because of poor-quality housing and the price of energy. Illnesses and fatalities associated with exposure to low temperatures continue to occur as a result. The European Union (EU) as a whole has made significant progress over past decades in reducing air pollution and Member States have implemented various EU policies to improve climate change adaptation. The EU’s regional policy has proved its effectiveness in helping to address social and economic inequalities. A number of regional and city authorities are also proactive in reducing the impact of the environmental hazards on the most vulnerable members of society: Improved spatial planning and road traffic management, such as the introduction of low-emission zones in city centers, are helping to reduce exposure to air pollution and noise in areas where socially vulnerable groups live. A ban on certain domestic heating fuels, such as coal, also leads to improved air quality in low-income zones. However, it needs to be combined with subsidies for switching to cleaner heating options for low-income households. Examples of actions aimed at protecting children from aircraft and road noise include provision of noise barriers and protective structures in outdoor play areas. Many national and local authorities have put action plans in place to improve emergency response to help the elderly and other vulnerable groups during heat waves or cold spells. This is often supplemented by community or voluntary sector initiatives. Climate change adaptation helps to prepare for increasingly frequent and extreme heatwaves. In particular, providing more green space helps to cool down city centres while bringing health and quality of life benefits to urban residents. Emissions Environmental Justice Europe

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Study: air pollution causes 800,000 extra deaths a year in Europe and 8.8 million worldwide

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Excess death rates were particularly high in eastern European countries, such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Ukraine, with more than 200 each year per 100,000 of the population.

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DOE awards $4M to carbon capture and storage projects selected as part of ACT

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The ACT Initiative is a consortium of ten European countries—France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom—and the United States.

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Tesla Model 3 Europe’s best-selling pure EV in February in its first full month on the market

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Conversely, registrations were up by a huge 36% in Romania, due to the Government’s scrappage scheme in Q4-18, which led to an increase in vehicle deliveries in Q1-19. Tesla’s Model 3 led the BEV and premium midsize sedan rankings in Europe in February, according to JATO Dynamics.

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Airbus and TAROM launch project to establish sustainable bio-kerosene jet fuel value-chain

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CCE and BIOTEHGEN are implementing various camelina placement trials at different locations in Romania, with the purpose of assessing sustainability of different production models and soil types, including contaminated soil and uncultivated land, in order to identify the best techniques and genetic material. Camelina is also indigenous to Romania, and can be readily farmed and harvested by family farmers.

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European car market logs best year for alternative fueled vehicles, lowest diesel share since 2001

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Poland, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Lithuania all posted record levels of volume, while it was the best year since 2007 for Spain and Estonia, and the best year since 2008 for Romania, Hungary, Croatia and Latvia. The European car market remained stable during 2018, as 15.6

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Daimler plans new €500M engine plant in Poland

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The Daimler subsidiary Star Transmission in Romania assembles transmissions and produces parts and components. Daimler AG plans to invest approximately €500 million (US$576 million) in a new production facility in Poland. The first Mercedes-Benz Cars plant in Poland is to be established in Jawor, about 70 kilometers west of Wroclaw, and will produce four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

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

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The Czech Republic and Romania take the number of Member States up to fifteen. EU countries with CO 2 -based taxation policies by year since 2006. Data: ACEA. Click to enlarge.

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Renault Introducing New Fluence Sedan Line; Diesels All Less Than 119 gCO2/km, All-Electric Model in 2011

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Renault Fluence, which goes on sale in Turkey from November, will have three main markets: Turkey, Russia and Romania. Romania. In 2007, it was the fourth-most popular car in Romania, with sales of more than 10,000 units. By 2009, despite being six years old, it remained the fourth most popular car in Romania and was second in Renault’s domestic sales chart. The Renault Fluence. Click to enlarge.

DAF trucks showcases electric and hybrid trucks at IAA CV

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DAF Trucks is the heavy duty market leader in The Netherlands, Hungary, United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, Romania, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, and is Europe’s market leader in the tractor segment.

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Mercedes-Benz begins construction of new €500M engine plant in Jawor, Poland

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The Daimler subsidiary Star Transmission in Romania assembles transmissions and produces parts and components. Mercedes-Benz has started construction of its first plant in Poland. The new site in Jawor, comprising an area of around 50 hectares, is the second engine production plant run by Mercedes-Benz Cars outside of Germany. Daimler is investing around €500 million in the new production site for four-cylinder engines for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars; around 500 jobs will be created.

Six mobility start-ups launching Volkswagen’s incubator program at Transparent Factory

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Over the course of eight hours, 14 entrepreneurial companies from Romania, Spain and Germany presented themselves in 30‑minute sessions in front of eight judges.

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New Car Registrations in Europe Down 18.3% in February

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Other major markets were down with 7.7% (Czech Republic), 46.4% (Hungary) and 66.5% (Romania). Looking at the cumulative figures from January to February, Poland ranked first in absolute numbers with 56,841 new cars registered (+0.7%), followed by Romania (-58.8%), the Czech Republic (- 10.0% ) and Hungary (-31.4%). In February, 968,159 new passenger cars were registered in Europe (the EU27 + EFTA), 18.3%

Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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Judged by a panel of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries as disparate as the USA, Japan, China, Russia, New Zealand, India, Korea, Germany, France, Romania, South Africa, Mexico and the UK, the Awards highlight and acknowledge engine engineering excellence. Cutaway of the 875cc TwinAir.

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Hybrid Search Statistics - Updated

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Rounding out the top 25 are Puerto Rico, Mexico, France, Italy, Iraq, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, South Korea, Slovokia, Sweden, Singapore, Norway, China, and Belgium.

The voestalpine Group producing ultra-high strength automotive components in US

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Since 2012, voestalpine has invested more than €100 million (US$140 million) in new plants in China, Germany, Romania, South Africa, and the US. The steel-based technology and capital goods group voestalpine’s 17 th production site in the United States began operation , manufacturing ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers in Cartersville, Georgia. This completes the first phase of the Group’s internationalization program in the automotive sector.

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Ford expands use of near-dry machining to six plants worldwide

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Craiova Engine Plant (Romania). Left: Wet flood machining. Right: MQL machining. Graphics: Unist Inc. Click to enlarge.

2013 119

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

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Costs are also high in Luxemburg, Germany, Romania, Italy and Austria, at around €0.08/km (US$0.10). Zurich in Switzerland, Bucarest in Romania, Milan in Italy, the Ruhr Valley in Germany and Barcelona in Spain had some of the highest health costs compared to other large urban zones.

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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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Renault Introduces E85 Flex-Fuel Dacia Sandero in France

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The biofuel version of Dacia Sandero is manufactured by the brand’s ISO 14001-certified factory in Pitesti, Romania. Dacia has extended its line-up (in France) of vehicles that run on alternative fuels with a new, E85 flex-fuel version of the Dacia Sandero hatchback alongside the existing Dacia Logan/Sandero 1.4 MPI 75 LPG and Dacia Logan MCV 1.6 16V 105 Bioethanol. Dacia Sandero 1.6 MPI 90 Bioethanol replaces the former 1.6 MPI 90 version. Dacia Sandero 1.6

Ford to expand 3-Wet Paint capacity by 50% globally in 2013

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The only current location with 3-Wet capability in Europe is Craiova Assembly Plant, Craiova, Romania. Ford Motor Company is expanding its 3-Wet paint ( earlier post ) capacity by 50% this year, adding the more environmentally friendly process to four more plants on three continents. The actions will reduce CO 2 emissions by an estimated 15-25% at those facilities.

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Ford launches the 1.5L EcoBoost engine; first in Mondeo, Fusion following; computer-controlled clutch on water pump

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Production of the four-cylinder 1.5-liter EcoBoost—the fifth member of the EcoBoost family—will commence initially at Ford’s facility in Craiova, Romania, later this month. Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost engine. Click to enlarge.

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Ford doubles German production capacity of 1.0L EcoBoost to 1,000 units per day

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the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is also built in Ford’s Craiova, Romania, engine plant. Ford Motor Company is doubling the production capacity of its Cologne, Germany, engine plant to produce more than 1,000 units per day of the 1.0-L EcoBoost engine to meet growing European demand. In the first eight months of 2013, models equipped with 1.0-liter EcoBoost engines accounted for a growing share of overall sales.

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UK government launches new clean air strategy; ending sales of conventional diesel and gasoline LDVs by 2040

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The European Commission is taking the UK to court—along with Germany, France, Italy, Romania, and Hungary—over its long-standing failure to meet EU limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO?). UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove published a new Clean Air Strategy to cut air pollution backed up through new primary legislation. The UK said it will go further and faster than the EU in reducing human exposure to particulate matter pollution.

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Ford launches production of 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine; could reach 1.3M units per year worldwide in future

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European production capacity could increase to up to 700,000 units per year as production of the new small EcoBoost engine at Cologne is joined by Ford’s new engine plant in Craiova, Romania, in manufacturing the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in early 2012. Cutaway of the 1.0L EcoBoost.

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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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Ford Takes its 3-Wet Paint Technology Global

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Ford is rolling out its 3-Wet paint technology in its paint shops in India, Romania, Mexico and China. The high-solids paint technology eliminates the need for process stages, replacing energy-consuming equipment with a simple, integrated booth. Earlier post.). Ford is also readying its launch of the process at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. The 3-Wet paint technology is a combination of process and product that has allowed Ford to restructure its paint shops on a global scale.

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Zinnov: automotive witnessing highest disruption among all industries; ~$6B invested in start-ups in FY 2015

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Zinnov’s analysis shows that automotive companies are now leveraging different locations, such as Bay Area (20 new R&D centers), Los Angeles (8 new R&D centers), Shanghai (36 new R&D centers), Bangalore (9 new R&D centers), Romania (14 new R&D centers) and Vietnam (5 new R&D centers) that have seen increased R&D investments and center setups over the last decade.

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Why Warren Buffett is investing in electric car company BYD - Apr. 13, 2009

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Today BYD employs 130,000 people in 11 factories, eight in China and one each in India, Hungary, and Romania. News | Markets | Technology | Personal Finance | Small Business | CNN.com RSS Newsletters Video Home Fortune 500 Technology Investing Management Rankings Warren Buffett takes charge Warren Buffett hasnt just seen the car of the future, hes sitting in the drivers seat. Why hes banking on an obscure Chinese electric car company and a CEO who - no joke - drinks his own battery fluid.

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