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.

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

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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.,

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.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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The extensive cooperation set out in the MoU includes several European Countries such as Italy, Romania, France and the Czech Republic and various areas of activities, like in-site fuel stations, R&D collaboration, cooperation with Governments and private stakeholders to develop CNG within the European DAFI, and the European project Connect2LNG.

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Renault to introduce brand new vehicle

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The vehicle will have three main markets - Turkey, Romania and Russia and is expected to go on sale in November. A new vehicle will be added to Renault’s line-up this autumn, when it launches its new saloon car the Fluence. The successor of the old Megane, the Renault Fluence will be launched with a series of engines, with all diesel models having a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rating of 119g/km and qualifying for the Renault eco2 signature.

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.

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.

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.

Ford Car Buying Trends 2015 shows increasing demand for semi-autonomous driving technologies in Europe

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In the past year, more customers in Ireland went for diesel-powered cars (70%) than anywhere else, followed by Turkey and Romania (both 65%). European drivers are showing an increasing appetite for semi-autonomous driving technologies, according to a new Ford Motor Company study on buying trends in Europe. Ford Car Buying Trends 2015 , a study of new car buying habits in 22 countries across Europe, highlights regional trends and national differences.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AMITRAN project developing CO2 assessment methodology for intelligent transport systems

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A new European project, AMITRAN , is developing a methodology to assess the impact of ICT (information and communication technologies) and ITS (intelligent transport systems) on CO 2 emissions from the transport sector.

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.

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.

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.

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%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Renault-Nissan Alliance delivers €4.3B synergy target early; autonomous drive and connectivity expected to deliver major savings

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and in India, Brazil, Romania, Turkey and China, among other locations. Renault-Nissan Alliance generated €4.3 billion (US$4.8 billion) in synergies in 2015, one year ahead of schedule and an increase of 13% from 2014. Purchasing, engineering and manufacturing were the main contributors.

Tecnomatic S.p.A. sues Remy, claiming false statements in DOE grant application over HVH stator winding technology

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Tecnomatic is headquartered in Italy with offices in India, Shanghai, Brazil, and Romania. Tecnomatic S.p.A. , an international maker of stator technology used in hybrid and electric automobiles, filed a $110-million lawsuit today in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Remy, Inc. The lawsuit claims that proprietary technology (called High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) stator winding technology by Remy, earlier post ) developed by Tecnomatic S.p.A.

EEA Report: Trends in European Transport Are Heading in the Wrong Direction

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Emissions of GHG have increased by 26% (EU-15) or 180 million tonnes between 1990 and 2006, excluding international aviation and marine transport—an amount larger than the entire annual national emissions for 2006 from Belgium (132 million tonnes) or Romania (157 million tonnes).

Trial begins of new intelligent multimodal travel management service in European cities

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The novel system will be piloted in six European cities: Brno (Czech Republic), Bucharest (Romania), Florence (Italy), Munich (Germany), Oslo (Norway) and Vienna. The IN-TIME project, which has 21 partners in 8 countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Romania) started in 2009 and is scheduled to end in 2012. EU-funded scientists are piloting a service that will allow people to determine the best way of making journeys in cities.

DAF Putting LF Hybrid Truck Into Production; Eaton Hybrid System

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DAF is the market leader in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. The DAF LF hybrid. Click to enlarge.

All Western European Countries Will Have CO2-Related Car Taxation This Year; European Auto Industry Urges Harmonization of Schemes

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Romania was the first and so far only Eastern European Member State to introduce CO 2 -related taxation last year as part of a more comprehensive overhaul of vehicle taxation in the country. The number of EU countries with CO2-related car taxation rose to 15 in 2008.

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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The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia were hit by floods in the spring. The European Commission says cereal production in 2010 will be close to the average recorded since 2005. According to a report drafted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the yield per hectare will be 5% above average, while cultivated areas will shrink on the whole. Europe has faced a number of extreme weather events, such as floods and rain shortages, since the start of the year.

Emissions of Air Pollutants down in EU-27

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The EU-27 comprises Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The European Community’s air pollutant emission inventory report released by the European Environment Agency finds that in 2007, sulphur oxides (SO x ) emissions were down by 72 % from 1990 levels.

Renault plan Fluence Z.E production

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The fossil fuelled version is expected to sell in Turkey, Romania and Russia, while the electric version however will make up part of mass market range of affordable zero-emission electric vehicles expected to start retailing across Europe starting in 2011.

New Car Registrations in UK fall 30.9% in January; Industry Urges UK Government to Provide Scrappage Incentives to Boost Demand

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Romania. The new car market in the UK continued to decline sharply at the start of 2009, with volumes down by 30.9% to 112,087 units, according to figures from the UK’s SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders). SMMT expects the market to decline by 19.3% in 2009 to 1.72 million units. This would be some 410,000 units off the 2008 total and almost 685,000 units down on 2007. In January, diesel penetration rose 0.7