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World first: driverless electric shuttle sets to work in Switzerland

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Delivery of the world’s first fully-electric driverless shuttle has been made in Switzerland this week.

Mitsubishi agrees i-MiEV promotion in Switzerland

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The Mitsubishi i-MiEV has continued its European adventure after the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding with MM Automobile Schweiz AG and Alpiq Holding AG, the country’s largest electricity provider, in Switzerland. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news Mitsubishi Alpiq Holding AG electric vehicles geneva motor show Geneva Motor Show 2010 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Switzerland

First Tesla Supercharger in Switzerland

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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. With more Supercharger stations opening soon in Germany and Austria, Model S owners will be able to drive through Germany to Switzerland and Austria this winter, Tesla said.

Tesla and Sixt Leasing partner in Switzerland; monthly Model S payments start at about US$920

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Tesla has expanded its strategic relationship with Sixt Leasing to include Switzerland as well as Germany. With 10% down on a 36-month lease, Sixt offers payments of approximately CHF 810 - 950 (US$919 - $1,078) per month, depending on the mileage selected by the customer.

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F-City H2 fuel cell range extended electric city vehicle homologated in France, pending homologation in Switzerland

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Challenge Bibendum. The F-City H2—a battery-electric vehicle with a fuel cell range extender—has become the first urban electric vehicle with such an energy pack to be homologated in France. The F-City H2. Click to enlarge.

Switzerland welcomes fuel cell hybrid buses

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Fuel cell vehicles are continuing to expand internationally – with Switzerland the latest country to welcome the technology. Fuel Cells Green cars Latest news fuel cell buses green buses Mercedes Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid SwitzerlandPostAuto Schweiz is the first company in the country to deploy fuel cell vehicles as part of public road transport. It has had five Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid models (pictured) on the road since late 2011 and [.].

ewz and Renault-Nissan Sign EV Agreement for Switzerland

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ewz, the municipal electric utility for the city of Zürich, Switzerland has signed a cooperation agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to promote electric vehicles. The aim is to develop zero emission mobility in Switzerland. The increased demand for electricity would lead to significant changes in Switzerland’s electric economy and infrastructure, ewz notes.

Hail “Taxi!” and it might be an electric car-wherever you are

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The world''s most successful electric vehicle is now being used as a taxi in several countries including the Netherlands, Switzerland, [.].

Renault Trucks and Nestlé Switzerland partner on all-electric medium-duty refrigerated truck

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Nestlé Switzerland and Renault Trucks (part of the Volvo Group) recently introduced an experimental all-electric refrigerated truck—nicknamed the e-Truck—that combines an all-electric 13t Renault Midlum developed by Renault Trucks with a refrigerated body that is also entirely powered by electricity. A second identical vehicle will be joining the Nestlé Switzerland fleet in September.

Honda’s grand plans for Geneva

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Honda Geneva SwitzerlandWith the Geneva Motor Show drawing near, Honda has released details of what it intends to bring to the show and it looks like this Japanese car maker’s stand could be one of the biggest highlights. Firstly Honda is set to reveal the first example of its new Earth Dreams Technology that is designed to [.].

New Audi A3 promises emissions from 99g/km CO2

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Audi Audi A3 Geneva Motor Show hatchback SwitzerlandAudi has revealed its third-generation A3 model which will emit as little as 99g/km CO2. Priced from £19,000 OTR, order books for the new model are expected to open soon with the first UK deliveries planned for September. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the three-door A3 showcases Audi’s focus on improving quality, infotainment, driver [.].

Mitsubishi Motors Partners to Promote the i-MiEV Electric Vehicle in Switzerland

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MM Automobile Schweiz AG and Switzerland’s largest electricity provider Alpiq Holding AG (Alpiq) through which the three parties will work together to promote the popularization of the new-generation electric vehicle i-MiEV in Switzerland. Under the MoU, the three companies will work together to confirm the viability of electric vehicles and Japan-developed quick-charger units in Switzerland.

Student-built electric car sets new acceleration record

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A new world record for the fastest accelerating car has been set in Switzerland – by an electric race car developed and built by students.

Electric buses recharge in just 15 seconds

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Scientists in Switzerland are testing new technology which could allow electric buses to recharge in as little as 15 seconds; something that could massively increase their uptake.

Vauxhall to reveal new electric bicycle and mini SUV

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Vauxhall Geneva Motor Show SwitzerlandVauxhall has released details of what it will be revealing at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Among the highlights for lovers of all things green will be the new Mokka, a small, B-segment SUV design to meet the needs of a growing market. It will offer a choice of front and four wheel drive for [.].

Nissan reveals new Invitation B-segment car

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Nissan concept Geneva SwitzerlandMore Geneva news today, as Nissan reveals that it will be unveiling a new B-segment car called Invitation. Designed to sit somewhere between the Micra and the Juke, the new Invitation concept is not just a concept with Nissan already confirming that the model will be due to launch in the UK from 2013. It’s [.].

Electric rally returns to send Wave of EV positivity around Europe

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From Stuttgart, the rally will head via Bavaria and around Switzerland before arriving in the north of the country in Lucerne. Europe’s largest electric car rally returns today, kick-starting in Stuttgart in Germany and covering more than 1,118 miles in just nine days.

Nissan LEAF electric cars become taxis in Zurich

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Nissan LEAF SwitzerlandTen Nissan LEAF electric cars have secured themselves employment as taxis in the Swiss capital of Zurich.

Yaris Hybrid set for Geneva debut

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Toyota SwitzerlandToyota is preparing to unveil the production ready Yaris Hybrid at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. As the manufacturer’s biggest selling model, the Yaris will be the second car from Toyota to feature its Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain when it launches this June. The decision to make the electric motor, transaxle, inverter and battery pack [.].

Tata reveals new 22g/km CO2 range-extended city car

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Tata concept Geneva Motor Show Switzerland Tata MegapixelIndian auto giant, Tata revealed a new four-seat range-extended city concept car at the Geneva Motor Show which could boast emissions as low as 22g/km and a range of up to 559 miles. Called Megapixel, the new model combines a lithium ion phosphate battery with an petrol engine to act as a generator, giving the [.].

Nissan’s Invitation heads to Sunderland

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Nissan Geneva Motor Show Nissan Invitation SwitzerlandNissan took the wraps off its new Invitation model yesterday, announcing that the car was set for production at the firm’s UK plant in Sunderland ahead of the model’s launch in 2013. The new model will replace the Nissan Note- also produced in Sunderland- as the car maker’s new B-segment contender designed to offer compact [.].

Kia reveals new greener cee’d

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Kia Geneva Motor Show Kia Cee'd Switzerland World Environment DayKia revealed a new version of its cee’d model at the Geneva Motor Show yesterday, one of its key models in the European market. The popular C-segment model, first introduced in 2007, was designed, developed and built in Europe-making the model the first to establish Kia as a serious contender among established brands. Building on [.].

'World Record Drive' Around EU Draws 388 Electric Cars

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What do you call 388 electric cars and bikes driving from Vienna in Austria to Geneva in Switzerland? Answer: A world record. No, it''s not funny, but then it wasn''t a joke.

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

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Volkswagen was the best-selling brand in March and across 2016 so far, leading the rankings in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland during the first quarter.

Adgero signs €3.5M deal with ultracap manufacturer Skeleton for road freight KERS

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The distribution agreement covers markets in the member states of the European Union, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Israel, Iceland, Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. Adgero has signed a €3.5-million (US$4-million) distribution agreement to ensure modules from ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies, are part of its Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) for road freight. Earlier post.)

Volvo Cars and Autoliv to create joint venture for next-gen autonomous driving software

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Dennis Nobelius, managing director of Volvo Switzerland and formerly vice president vehicle line 90 at Volvo Cars, will be the chief executive of the new joint venture. Volvo Cars and Autoliv have signed a letter of intent to set up a new jointly-owned company to develop next-generation autonomous driving software.

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Russia’s KAMAZ to create artificial city as autonomous driving testing ground

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According to Sergey Nazarenko, chief designer of innovative products for KAMAZ’s R&D Center, similar artificial cities as testing grounds can be found at Volvo in Switzerland, with another under construction for Daimler in Germany. Russian commercial vehicle manufacturer KAMAZ is proposing to create an artificial city as a testing ground for unmanned vehicles. The project will cost about 5 billion rubles (US$87 million).

ICCT/TNO study: Real-world vehicle fuel consumption discrepancy widens to 42% in Europe

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United Kingdom), km77.com (Spain); and the car club TCS (Switzerland).

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Volkswagen & BASF “Science Award Electrochemistry” to Dr. William Chueh from Stanford; special prize to Dr. Martin Ebner from ETH University Zurich

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Also, on the occasion of the 5 th ceremony of the science award, a special prize for applied research goes to Dr. Martin Ebner from the ETH University Zurich, Switzerland for his excellent research in the area of fast charging of lithium-ion batteries. The Volkswagen and BASF international “Science Award Electrochemistry 2016” goes to Dr. William Chueh from Stanford University.

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Green Car Roundup: 2011 Geneva Motor Show - Concept Cars

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But in Switzerland, the flurry of activity during the first media day at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is at its peak. If you're in the States, you may be just starting your day. With record numbers of concept and production-car launches, our team is shooting photos and posting details as fast as they can. Here are some of the earliest, most

i-MiEV electric car available in 15 European countries

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The electric car is now available in 15 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It may have taken its time to reach the marketplace, but the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is now firmly making its mark across Europe.

BRUSA upgrades performance of NLG664 on-board fast charger

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BRUSA Elektronik AG, headquartered in Sennwald, Switzerland, has given its NLG664 on-board fast charger a performance upgrade. The NLG664 is now available with 45-65 Hz input frequency and enhanced single-phase current capability of 30 A.

Rinspeed Dock+Go Live Gallery: 2012 Geneva Motor Show

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When the automotive world descends on Switzerland for its annual motor show, there’s one thing that we can be certain of: another imaginative automotive creation from Swiss firm Rinspeed. Unlike previous creations, like the world’s first underwater electric car or its natural-gas-powered hydrofoil car, this year’s offering is a

ABB wins 1st commercial order for 600 kW 15-second flash charging technology; electric buses in Geneva

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The innovative technology was developed by ABB engineers in Switzerland.

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

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In Switzerland this was almost 3 in 4 (72%), followed by the Netherlands (62%), and Spain (61%). The technology was most popular in Sweden (59%), then Norway (58%), and Switzerland (41%). In the past year, 51% of cars sold in Sweden were equipped with the technology, ahead of Norway (28%) and Switzerland (21%). 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.

Leclanché completes its battery-based energy storage systems with acquisition from ADS-TEC GmbH

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Swiss battery maker Leclanché ( earlier post ) is acquiring design and IP rights for modules and battery management system software from ADS-TEC GmbH in a move to strengthen its product range for stationary storage applications and insourced manufacturing capacity in Switzerland.

New Lexus RX 450h set to debut in Geneva

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Set for a summer launch, the RX 450h will be joined by the F Sport interpretation on the stand in Switzerland. Lexus Geneva Motor Show hybrid SwitzerlandLexus has revealed a teaser photo of the new RX 450h, its hybrid SUV ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. So far, the Japanese carmaker is keeping details [.].

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27 teams advancing in $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE; converting CO2 to products

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Those teams producing fuels or potential intermediates include: Aljadix (Switzerland). XPRIZE announced the 27 teams representing six countries advancing in the $20-million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to develop technologies that convert the most carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas and power plant facilities into products with the highest net value.

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Leclanché and Narada Power sign strategic global alliance for Li-ion technology

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This will complement manufacturing at Leclanché’s Willstätt, Germany and Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland sites, providing scale and more competitive costings to achieve best-in-class global pricing to meet the needs of multiple end-markets—including stationary, microgrid, commercial and industrial and electric vehicle applications.

Mitsubishi delivered 8,197 Outlander PHEVs in Europe by end of 2013; 8,009 to The Netherlands

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First launched in selected European markets (The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland) in October 2013, Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid) ( earlier post ) collected more than 12,000 orders in these markets. These orders have already translated into 8,197 deliveries to end-customers by the end of December, of which 8,009 units went to The Netherlands, the latter boosted by a tax scheme favorable to eco-friendly technologies such as low-emission vehicles.