GM Creates New South America Regional Organization

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General Motors is creating a new regional organization to meet rising customer demand in South America. GM South America will be headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be led by Jaime Ardila, currently president and general manager GM Mercosur. Ardila becomes president, GM South America and will report to GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre. GM South America currently has 29,000 employees.

General Motors to move into South America

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With customer demand on the increase in South America, General Motors is setting up a new regional organisation in the area. Known as GM South America, its headquarters will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and it will be led by Jaime Ardila, who is currently the president and general manager of GM Mercosur. Tags: Green cars Latest news general motors Brazil Ed Whitacre GM GM growth GM South America South America

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Petrobras starts production from South America’s first tension leg wellhead platform

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Petrobras has started production on the P-61 Tension Leg Wellhead Platform (TLWP)—the first use of dry-tree floating technology offshore Brazil and the first Tension Leg Platform installation offshore South America—in Papa Terra field, located near the southern perimeter of the Campos Basin (State of Rio de Janeiro), 110 km (68 miles) off the coast of Brazil and with a water column of 400 to 1,400 m (1,312 to 4,593 feet).

Evidence from glacier ice: Until it was banned, leaded gasoline dominated the anthropogenic lead emissions in South America

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Leaded gasoline was a larger emission source of the toxic heavy metal lead than mining in South America, even though the extraction of metals from the region’s mines historically released huge quantities of lead into the environment, according to a study by researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and the University of Bern. There exist, however, no equivalent data for South America.

BASF to concentrate plant biotechnology activities on main markets in North and South America

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Citing a lack of acceptance for plant technology in many parts of Europe, BASF announced that it is concentrating its plant biotechnology activities on the main markets in North and South America. We will therefore concentrate on the attractive markets for plant biotechnology in North and South America and the growth markets in Asia. We have excellent scientists and facilities there and at our research sites in North America.

Electric car maker THINK takes vehicles to South America

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Scandinavian electric vehicle maker THINK, has announced it is to deliver its first vehicles into South America – part of a new collaboration with Brazilian electricity supplier, CPFL Energia SA. Tags: Electric cars Latest news Brazil South America Think The news follows THINK’s recent announcements about entering in Europe and plans to start new operations in the USA and Asia. CPFL Energia has purchased three THINK [.].

BASF Breaks Ground for New Biodiesel Catalyst Plant in Brazil to Meet Demand in South America

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BASF broke ground for its new production plant for sodium methylate in Guaratinguetá, Brazil, its largest site in South America. BASF expects about 15% of the annual global demand for biodiesel, which is about 30 million tons, to come from South America in 2015. Other South American countries have similar legislation. Sodium methylate is an efficient and reliable catalyst for the production of biodiesel.

Honda Fit Gets A Crossover Twist--But Only In South America

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The Honda Fit is very good at a great many things, but off-roading isn't part of its wide pool of talents. That's unlikely to change much even with the Honda Fit Twist, unveiled at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil--but Honda's intentions are along different lines. As reported by Auto Express, Honda says that customers in Brazil prefer cars that

Chile is giving away solar energy, for free, because it has so much

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It's not that the industry can't meet electricity demand for the South American country—quite the opposite, in fact. DON'T MISS: North America's largest coal power plant to become 44-MW solar farm Consequently, Chile is now. renewable energy solar clean energy South America energyChile has a problem with its solar industry. There is actually more available solar energy than there is use for it.

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Electric race car travels from Alaska to Argentina

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An electric sports car has completed an epic journey from the outskirts Arctic Circle to the southern most tip of South America. Tags: Electric cars Alaska Racing Green Endurance South America SRZero The British team behind the Racing Green Endurance challenge finished their 26,000km journey yesterday after just 70 days. The 400bhp twin-motor SRZero sportscar is a fully electric car with a driving range of [.].

Electric and hybrid bus test results revealed

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With the transportation sector being the largest and most rapidly growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Latin America, there is a strong emphasis [.]. Electric cars Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news C40 Cities electric bus hybrid bus South AmericaThe results of a Hybrid & Electric Bus Test Programme have been revealed by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (logo, pictured) after tests in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

ICA study: Copper demand on grow path in automotive wire harness

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Developing countries/regions (China, South Asia, South America) have seen the most growth in copper demand, according to the study, which projects that this will likely continue to be the trend. kg in South America to 17.6 kg in North America. Copper use in automotive wire harness will continue to grow according to new research commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA).

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First Nuseed Carinata shipment for biofuel feedstock

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Experts from the development team joined Nuseed and, by working closely with Nuseed’s South America and European teams, have accelerated commercialization, by building the Nuseed Value Chain with R&D, contract growers, industry partners, and RSB certified delivery to the end-use customer in just five months.

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Volkswagen investing €560M in Argentina plant for new MQB-based SUV

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From 2020, the plant will deliver the new model built in Argentina to the entire South American continent. In addition to South America, responsibilities have also been delegated to the regions of North America, China and the Sub-Saharan area of Africa. The new vehicle project in Argentina is a part of the Volkswagen brand’s largest product offensive in the South America region.

WNA: global nuclear generation nears record high in 2019

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Other key findings from the report: Six reactors started up in 2019, four large PWRs commenced operation, one in South Korea, one in Russia and two in China.

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Oh, Audi, How Could You? The French Like Electric Cars, But.

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There's the urban myth that the Chevrolet Nova failed in South America because in Spanish, no va means "won't go." Marketing missteps in naming cars quickly become legendary. It's not true.) But now it turns out that Audi may have committed a blunder in naming its line of electric cars e-Tron. Especially since they're about to be shown at the

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2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class Live Gallery: 2012 Geneva Motor Show

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For the past 15 years, Mercedes-Benz has offered its entry-level A Class hatchback to parts of Europe, South America, and Asia. The ugly duckling of Mercedes-Benz, the A Class lacked the poise of its siblings, and has become something of a favorite with middle-class soccer moms. At yesterday’s Geneva Motor Show however, Mercedes unveiled its

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Roskill: COVID-19 could wipe out US$1.0B of lithium supply in 2020

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In South America, brine operations have been much less affected. Based on company announcements to date related to operation scale-downs and closures, as well as national, provincial and local governmental measures, Roskill estimates that approximately 110Kt of mined LCE production could be lost over the course of 2020, due directly to actions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Report: Denso to produce engine control units in Brazil

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will begin production of engine control units (ECUs) in Brazil in September, becoming the first company to make ECUs for cars in South America. which plans to bring a new plant online in the South American country in 2014. The Nikkei reports Denso Corp. Denso will supply the ECUs to Toyota. Denso already has an ECU-related facility in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus, which it built at a cost of 400 million yen.

Tier IV raises $9M from Quanta Computer to develop reference model for ECUs for autonomous driving

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Founded in 1988, Quanta Computer is headquartered in Taiwan with major operation facilities set up in Asia, Canada, North America, South America, and Europe. Tier IV , Inc. has raised about $9 million from Quanta Computer, Inc. in a Series A extension round following the previous $100+ million Series A funding. This latest funding engages Quanta Computer and Tier IV to develop a new reference model of electronic control units (ECUs) for autonomous driving.

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Thermal Energy Partners and Schlumberger New Energy to new geothermal project development company

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GeoFrame Energy has additional opportunities to expand production in the Eastern Caribbean and in North and South America. Thermal Energy Partners (TEP), a developer of geothermal energy projects, and Schlumberger New Energy, a new Schlumberger business, entered into an agreement to create GeoFrame Energy, a geothermal project development company.

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BMW, Daimler moving ahead with mobility services JV following US greenlight

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million customers and around 250,000 drivers already use the services of mytaxi, Chauffeur Privé, Clever Taxi (all in Europe) and Beat (South America) – making Intelligent Apps GmbH one of the leading ride-hailing providers in Europe and South America. The BMW Group and Daimler AG are planning the next steps for their joint mobility company ( earlier post ), following approval by the responsible authorities.

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BYD building factory in Brazil for electric buses and battery packs

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The factory is slated to open in 2015 and will launch the manufacturing and assembly of the BYD’s electric transit bus in South America as well as the Iron-Phosphate battery packs. BYD will build its first factory in Brazil in the city of Campinas (in the São Paulo region of Brazil). Maximum capacity in the first year of operation (starting in 2015) will be 1,000 electric buses as well as all of their batteries, said BYD Brazil’s General Manager Tyler Li.

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Balqon Expands Heavy-Duty Electric Truck Distribution into Argentina

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believe that our presence in South America will allow us to jointly explore other opportunities for our proprietary heavy-duty electric traction drive systems and our lithium-ion battery management systems within transportation markets through joint ventures with regional original equipment manufacturers throughout South America.

Chevron Confirms first oil production from deepwater Papa-Terra offshore Brazil

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Discovered in 2003, the Papa-Terra field development marks the first use of dry-tree floating technology (sometimes called a spar, or a buoyant vertical cylinder) offshore Brazil and the first Tension Leg Platform (a floating structure held in place by vertical, tensioned tendons connected to the sea floor by pile-secured templates) installation offshore South America.

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Ford investing $2.5B for new engine, transmission plants in Mexico

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This $1.1-billion investment and 1,300 new jobs will allow Ford to export engines to the US, Canada, South America and the Asia-Pacific region, supporting the company’s growing small car lineup. This new plant will produce two all-new automatic transmissions for key products primarily in South America, Europe and Asia Pacific as well as other North American markets. Ford is investing $2.5

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Geely officially discloses new global B-segment automobile modular architecture: BMA; new BMA-based SUV to launch this year

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Production based on BMA will be launched in EU, Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Automobile modular architectures—for example, TNGA of Toyota, and MQB, MLB and MEB of the Volkswagen Group—hav become a major trend in the auto industry. Modular technology has become an important criterion for evaluating whether an automobile company is combining global R&D technology and market layout with a cost-effective manufacturing approach.

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Challenge Bibendum: 7 Cars from The Sustainable Future

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It's a long way from North America to South America, after all. The Challenge Bibendum brings the sustainable-mobility world together every year or so--though sometimes, the 2010 edition of the Bibendum didn't come together as quickly as planned. On day one, our travel group was cleaved in half by a missed flight to Rio de Janeiro, leaving four

MAN Energy to supply engines for Finnlines hybrid RoRos; 100% increase in efficiency

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This affiliation enables Finnlines to offer liner services to and from any destination in the Mediterranean, West Africa as well as the Atlantic coast of both North and South America. MAN Energy Solutions has won the order to supply six MAN B&W 9S50ME-C9.6 Tier II-compliant main engines for three 238-meter hybrid RoRo vessels intended for operation in the Baltic Sea. The customer is Finnlines, the Finnish shipping company and part of the Grimaldi Group.

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Tier 1 Musashi invests in solid-state battery company KeraCel; long-term partnership

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It has 33 manufacturing sites spreading across Europe, North and South America, China, and South East Asia. Tier 1 Musashi invests in solid-state battery company KeraCel; long-term partnership. Japan-based Tier 1 Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., has invested in KeraCel Inc., a Silicon-Valley-based venture developing solid-state batteries using 3D printing technologies.

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Statoil, UNIDO to collaborate on promoting sustainable energy access, industry in developing world

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The geographical scope should include countries of mutual interest in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central- and South-America. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Statoil have signed an agreement to work together to examine the feasibility of common projects to promote sustainable energy access and industry in developing countries.

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GM to invest $450M in Argentina

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Akerson was joined by Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner; GM South America President Jaime Ardila; and GM Argentina President Isela Costantini. General Motors will invest $450 million between 2013 and 2015 to expand its Rosario Automotive Complex to build an all-new global Chevrolet vehicle, Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said Wednesday.

Volkswagen investing in climate protection projects to compensate for unavoidable CO2 emissions

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Further projects in cooperation with project development partners for the protection and restoration of tropical forests in South America and Southeast Asia are under development. Volkswagen is investing in climate protection projects to compensate for unavoidable CO 2.

Travel company chose low emission SEAT cars

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Camps International, which offers a range of gap year voluntary experiences and school trips across East Africa, South East Asia and South America, has now taken delivery of eleven Leon E Ecomotive [.]. An ethical travel company has shown its commitment to sustainable transport by selecting SEAT to provide low emission cars to its UK fleet.

Johnson Controls acquires 90% ownership of Columbian battery supplier MAC

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Johnson Controls and MAC launched a joint venture in June 2011 to produce and sell lead-acid batteries in the Central and South American regions. Johnson Controls sells several key brands of batteries in Latin America, including Heliar, VARTA, LTH and OPTIMA. The company is the market leader for automotive batteries in South America. Johnson Controls has acquired 90% ownership of Colombian battery supplier MAC.

Volkswagen to offer refreshed Tiguan with new plug-in hybrid powertrain in Europe

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The Kaluga plant, 104 miles south-west of Moscow, produces the NWB vehicles for the Russian market and for neighboring Central Asian countries. In the Mexican city of Puebla, the LWB versions1 of the Tiguan are produced for North and South America and for countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

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Uruguay launches first BYD battery-electric buses; projecting 500 by 2015

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Buquebus is also the largest Tourist Agent in South America, selling more than 300,000 hotel beds and 400,000 city tours per year. Buquebus and CTS Auto S.A., in partnership with Chinese automaker BYD Ltd, introduced the first battery-electric 12-meter rapid transit bus in Uruguay and the region.

Consortium led by POSCO, Samsung SDI to build $54M cathode materials plant in Chile for EVs

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A consortium led by South Korea’s POSCO and Samsung SDI, and including China’s Sichuan Fulin Industrial Group and Chile’s Molyment, has won a bid to build a cathode materials plant in Chile to support that country’s Li-ion batteries project. However, POSCO’s lithium business has been delayed due to the bankruptcy of partner companies in South America, which have the Li salt reserves.

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Iranian researchers produce biodiesel from flixweed seed oil

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It probably arrived in North America in the mid-1800s as an impurity in crop seed, and was widespread by the 1920s. The invasive plant now occurs in 48 states, excluding Alabama and Florida; it has also been introduced in South America, Asia, southern Africa, and New Zealand.). Under a project to deliver a new generation of green transport fuel, researchers the Islamic Azad University in Iran have produced biodiesel from flixweed seed oil.

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Why You Shouldn’t Give A Shit About the Federal Budget Deficit

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Probably the Indians (and after that, we’re coming for you South America [I'm looking at you Brazil!], If you’re worried about leaving our kids and grand kids a great big fat bill they’re going to have to pay for because of our multi-trillion dollar federal budget deficit, then stop worrying. Those numbers don’t mean squat and they won’t be a problem for our future generations.

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IHS Markit: more than 11.2M Vehicles will be equipped with V2X in 2024

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India isn’t expected to see any type of V2X production in vehicles until 2023, while the South America region falls outside of the forecast period (2017-2024) altogether. More than 11.2 million light vehicles equipped with some form of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) system will be produced globally in 2024, representing 12% of the light vehicle fleet, based on new research and forecasts from business information provider IHS Markit).

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Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries starting to test the first fully electric Freightliner trucks from end of 2018 onwards

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Penske Truck Leasing Corporation is a leading global transportation services provider operating more than 270.000 vehicles and serving customers from more than 1.000 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Logistics specialist NFI Industries holds a fleet of 4,000 tractors and approximately 8,900 trailers in North America. In June, Daimler Trucks presented two new fully electric trucks from its US-subsidiary Freightliner. Earlier post.)

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MANN+HUMMEL to acquire Affinia’s filtration business

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The MANN+HUMMEL Group, based in Ludwigsburg, Germany, has entered into a definitive agreement under which MANN+HUMMEL will acquire the global filtration operations (excluding its Affinia South America (ASA) operations) of Affinia Group, the manufacturer of the Wix and Filtron brand of filters.

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