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Fiat, BMW Could Miss EU 2021 CO2 Target (Int'l)
EU Carbon Target
Date: 2014-05-28
A new report says that all of Europe's car manufacturers are set to meet a fuel economy target of 95 grams of CO2 per km (g/km) by 2021, except for the Italian auto-maker Fiat, and Germany's BMW. The new analysis of car-makers' CO2 emissions in 2013 by Transport & Environment, a green campaign group, finds that on current trends, Volvo, Toyota, Peugeot-Citroen, Renault, Ford and Daimler will all hit the cleaner fuel goal early, while Volkswagen and Nissan will make it just in time.

But unless they speed up, Fiat and BMW will not hit the EU's controversial carbon benchmark until 2022 and 2024 respectively. Failures to comply could result in a €95 per-gram of carbon emitted corporate fine. The figures, which are based on a trajectory measuring emission-cutting performances over the last six years, show that CO2 emissions from Fiat's fleet actually rose last year, Transport & Environment says. By comparison, non-European auto makers that are on the road to missing the 2021 target include Suzuki, General Motors, Hyundai, Mazda, and Honda. (Source: EurActive, May 26, 2014)

Tags Vehicle Emissions news,  EU Carbon Targets news,  


Volvo Lauded for Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Volvo, US DOE
Date: 2014-04-04
The U.S. DOE has lauded Volvo Group North America for its leadership in energy efficiency at its New River Valley assembly plant near Roanoke, Va. As a "Better Buildings, Better Plants" partner, Volvo achieved 16 percent energy savings across its U.S. plants and continues working toward its goal of becoming 25 percent more energy efficient within ten years.

In 2012, Volvo's New River Valley facility was one of the first facilities in the U.S. to be certified under the DOE's Superior Energy Performance program which helps facilities establish energy baselines and savings goals, and provides certifications when facilities achieve significant savings.

The "Better Buildings, Better Plants Program" is a national partnership initiative to drive significant improvements in energy efficiency in U.S. manufacturing plants. Through Better Plants, manufacturers partner with the DOE to reduce their energy intensity by 25 percent over ten years, develop energy management plans, and track and report their annual progress. The DOE works with each partner to establish key energy performance metrics, evaluate energy-saving opportunities, and organize plant-level training events. (Source: Volvo, DOE, 3 April, 2014) Contact: DOE Better Buildings Initiative, www.energy.gov/betterbuildings

Tags Building Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Management news,  US DOE news,  Volvo news,  


Volvo Technology Turns Auto Body into Battery (New Prod & Tech)
Volvo
Date: 2013-10-21
Swedish automaker Volvo has developed an ingenious auto body material that can be molded into vehicle chassis parts and store energy like a battery . The technology may prove ideal for electric vehicle in that it could illiminate heav and exprensive lithium-ion batteries which have to date been the bane of the EV industry.

Volvo's new energy storage material is composed of carbon fiber, polymer resins and nanostructured supercapacitors. Until now, the composition was modeled as a hood and spare wheel housing. Volvo claims that a car hood of this type can store enough energy to replace a vehicles batteries. The mass would be lower and the available space should increase.

After three years of research and experimentation, the revolutionary material was used by Volvo on its peak range, S80. The prototype has shown that it is possible to use this component in production. The total weight decreased from 1585 kg to 1348 kg. Furthermore, the Swedish say that the material could reduce the total weight of the electric vehicle by 15 percent. It would be conventionally charged from any electrical outlet. (Source: Volvo, Auto-Types, 18 Oct., 2013) Contact: Volvo, www.volvo.com

Tags Volvo news,  Battery Technology news,  Lithium-Ion Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  


Volvo to Offer Methane-Based DME Trucks in 2015 (New Prod & Tech)
Volvo
Date: 2013-06-10
Following on our Dept. 6, 2012 coverage, Volvo has unveiled dimethyl ether (DME), a compression combustive methane-based biofuel with high horsepower capabilities for heavy-duty commercial trucks. DME is a second generation biofuel produced from woody biomass or by-products and waste from agricultural production that is presently often used as a propane-hybrid cooking fuel in Asia, as a propellent in bug sprays, deodorant and other products and even as a refrigerant.

Volvo's planned market launch of DME fueled commercial trucks is slated for and 2015 will include a 500 horsepower unit as well as daycab versions of DME-powered VNs with a 600 mile rule range. (Source: Volvo, Commercial Carrier, 8 June, 2013) Contact: Volvo Commercial Trucks, Ed Saxman, marketing manager, www.volvo.com

Tags Volvo Truck news,  Dimethyl Ether news,  Biofuel news,  


WM Participating in Vehicle Methane Release Study (R&D)
Waste Management Inc.,
Date: 2013-03-08
A new study by the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions at West Virginia University seeks to quantify fugitive methane emissions from natural gas-powered vehicles. The study, which is co-sponsored by Waste Management Inc., will examine such emissions from both compressed natural gas- and liquefied natural gas-powered vehicles. Others study sponsors include PepsiCo, Shell, Volvo Group, Cummins Westport and Westport Innovations. Sponsors are providing access to vehicles and facilities for testing, according to the university.(Source: Waste & recycling News, Mar. 5, 2013) Contact: Waste Management, Eric Woods, VP Fleet, www.wm.com

Tags Waste Management news,  WM news,  Methane news,  


Hit the Brakes on New Ethanol Blend (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
E15
Date: 2013-01-11
"AAA, formerly the American Automobile Association, has warned that filling gas tanks with a blend of 15 percent ethanol could damage cars and void warranties. This follows 12 carmakers announcing that using the new "E15" blend may either void warranties or that warranties may not cover fuel-related claims. "AAA, acting on behalf of its 50 million members, has called for the EPA to temporarily halt sales of the fuel to reevaluate its potential harm. We agree.

"In addition, ethanol, which is manufactured from grain such as corn, produces questionable, if any, fuel economy benefits. Moreover, the government subsidies and mandates that pave the way for its entry into the market appear to benefit corn growers and ethanol manufacturers more than consumers and the environment.

"As with other government intrusions into the free market, the EPA's ethanol love affair distorts supply and demand. If the fuel were beneficial enough on its own, the market would respond. But even in the Midwest, where E15 is more available, sales have not taken off, according to industry observer Dennis Simanaitis, a former Road and Track editor. Gasoline with a 10 percent mixture of ethanol already constitutes 90 percent of the U.S. market, following government approval decades ago. But in June, the EPA approved the sale of the higher percentage mixture, despite cautions from automakers who cited potential damage to vehicles.

"Private sector resistance has not dissuaded the EPA, which also doesn't appear to be acting on behalf of motorists, as is the AAA, a federation of 51 independently operated motor clubs. Ethanol was advanced ostensibly as a more environmentally friendly option to 100 percent gasoline. Even that claim by the government has been challenged.

"In 2006, John A. Baden, chairman of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, argued that ethanol consumes more resources than it saves. That year, Consumer Reports tests using a Chevrolet Tahoe found that an 85-15 blend of gasoline and ethanol decreased, rather than increased, mileage from 21 mpg highway to 15, and from 9 mpg to 7 in city driving. A later University of Minnesota study found that corn ethanol may be as harmful as gasoline, and an even worse health threat.

"BMW, Chrysler, Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen say their warranties will not cover fuel-related claims caused by the use of E15. Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp., Mazda Motor Corp., Mercedes-Benz and Volvo said E15 may void their warranties. Perhaps most troubling is that AAA says 95 percent of U.S. consumers have not even heard of E15, and only 5 percent of cars on the road can use it without risk of damage. The possibility of E15 use in older cars, more likely to be harmed, is an unnecessary risk, not in the public's interest.

"We agree with the AAA's call for pulling E15 off the market until its consequences are better understood. In the meantime, the EPA also should reassess the entire ethanol fuel issue, which likely would not be viable without government mandates for increasing use of so-called renewable fuels and manufacturing subsidies." (Source: Orange County Register, Jan. 9, 2013)

Tags E15 news,  Biofuel news,  Biofuel Blend news,  


European Automakers on target for 95g/km CO2 by 2020 (Int'l)
Auto Emissions
Date: 2012-12-07
European carmakers are winning the battle against emissions according to a new study from the UK Transport and Environment (T&E). The latest T&E report reveals that European car manufacturers are in a better position than most of their Asian counterparts to meet the target for a 95g/km average CO2 emissions by 2020. In the race to hit the 2020 95g target, all European makers (except Daimler, Volvo and BMW) rank in the top 9 while three of the bottom six carmakers are Asian. The T&E 2012 Cars and CO2 Report reveals that the auto industry as a whole cut CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of their new vehicles by 3.3 per cent in 2011. This means that, four years before the compliance date, the 130 g/CO2 target for 2015 is, on average, just 4 per cent away. Fiat, Toyota and Peugeot-Citroen have already met their CO2 targets for 2015 four years ahead of time.

Overall annual progress in reducing CO2 emissions from cars over the past four years was 4 per cent. On the basis of those recent improvements and current positions, the report estimates that Europe's automakers will only need to improve fuel efficiency by an annual rate of 3.8 percent to meet the 95 g/km CO2 target for 2020. (Source: Green Car UK, 6 Dec, 2012)

Tags Transportation Emissions news,  


Volvo Concludes Successful bio-DME Fuel Field Tests (Ind. Report)
Volvo,Chermac
Date: 2012-09-06
Volvo Trucks has successfully field tested specially adapted trucks powered by dimethyl ether (bio-DME), a biofuel derived from pulp mill "black liquor" wastes. The company says bio-DME reduces carbon emissions by 95% compared with diesel. Bio-DME is a second generation biofuel produced from woody biomass or by-products and waste from agricultural production.

The field tests, which are being conducted in collaboration with companies including Swedish oil firm Preem and Chemrec, another Swedish company which is responsible for fuel production.

Chemrec's process takes part of the black liquor, gasifies it -- using a gasifier developed at the Energy Technology Centre in Pitea, Sweden -- and turns it into usable fuel which the company said could be obtained at four Swedish filling stations during the on-going field tests.

According to Chermac managing director Max Jonnson, the project has proven the technology, and the company is now focusing on industrializing the product together with the pulp industry both in Sweden and abroad (Source: Volvo, Waste Management World, 4 Sept., 2012) Contact: Volvo, www.volvo.com

Tags Biofuel news,  Black Liquor news,  


EnerDel Supplying Li-ion Batteries for Volvo EV (Ind. Report)
EnerDel,Volvo
Date: 2012-09-05
Lithium-ion battery and energy storage systems manufacturer EnerDel has secured a second supply order from Volvo to manufacture 24kWh lithium-ion battery-pack that powers Volvo's C30 EV. The battery-pack design has been custom-made to Volvo's specifications.

The company's first order from Volvo for its C30 EV was secured in September 2009.EnerDel will begin executing the current order this month. Final delivery is slated for 2013. (Source: EnerDel, CBTR, 28 Aug., 2012) Contact: EnerDel, Charles Gassenheimer, CEO, (317) 585-3456, cgassenheimer@ener1.com, www.enerdel.com

Tags EnerDel news,  Volvo EV news,  Li-Ion Battery news,  


Volvo Enrolls in ECS Demand Response Program (Ind. Report)
Energy Curtailment Specialist,Volvo
Date: 2012-08-17
Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECS), the longest tenured demand response provider in North America, reports that Volvo Remanufacturing Middletown has made ECS their official demand response provider. By enrolling in ECS' PowerPay! Demand Response Program, Volvo has committed to reducing their electrical usage during times of grid instability. Through its Green Roots Initiative, ECS will donate trees to one of America's national forests on behalf of Volvo for enrolling in one of their programs.

ECS PowerPay! participants are paid for agreeing to voluntarily reduce electric consumption for a short period of time during critical periods of demand. Participants are typically asked to decrease their electricity usage only when the electric grid is strained and in need of help to avoid brownouts or blackouts. (Source: Energy Curtailment Specialists, Aug. 15, 2012) Contact: Energy Curtailment Specialists, (877) 711-5453, www.ecsgrid.com

Tags Energy Curtailment Specialist news,  Demand Response news,  


LG Chem Seeks Alliance to Beef-up Battery Business (Ind. Report)
LG Chem
Date: 2012-08-08
Korean battery maker LG Chem plans to enhance its bottom line by forming a business alliance with French auto giant Renault Group. foreign automaker. The two companies are considering an business alliance to produce lithium-ion batteries in France. Once an agreement is reached, LG Chem will start building a factory in France in 2013 at the earliest, and will produce current generation lithium-ion batteries from 2015 and advanced lithium-ion batteries from 2017.

Currently, General Motors accounts for 50 percent of LG's battery sales, followed by Renault with 20 percent, Hyundai-Kia with 20 percent and others including Volvo of Sweden, 10 percent, according to LG Chem officials. A spokesman declined to give more details about the ongoing negotiations. (Source: LG Chem, 2 Aug., 2012) Contact: Terry Lee, Public Relations, LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com; Renault, www.renault.com

Tags LG Chem news,  Lithium-ion Battery news,  Renault news,  


Volvo Cuts EU Fleet-wide Emissions 13% Over Past Two Years (Int'l)
Volvo
Date: 2012-04-17
Volvo reports that it has cut its European fleet-wide emissions from its gas- and diesel-powered vehicles by 13 percent during the past few years and is looking to reduce emissions even further starting next year.

For the 2013 model year, the Swedish automaker will debut a five-cylinder 2.0-liter, 136-horsepower turbodiesel engine – called the D3 – for its S60, V60, XC60, V70 and S80 models. All but the automatic-transmission XC60 crossover will have start-stop functionality. Additionally, Volvo will also introduce a 115-horsepower diesel engine – the D2 – that will have the same emissions with both an automatic and manual transmissions, which Volvo says is a first.

Volvo is looking to use a combination of diesel technology and electric-drive powertrains to meet progressively more stringent European greenhouse-gas emissions. The company said in 2010 that, for the eight years ending in 2014, it will have sunk more than $2 billion in research and development specifically towards boosting fuel economy and reducing emissions. (Source: Volvo. 14 April, 2012)


Enova Delivers Electric Drive Systems to Optare Plc (Ind. Report)
Enova Systems,Optare Plc
Date: 2012-04-10
Hybrid electric and all-electric drive systems and drive system components developer Enova Systems Inc has delivered 4 incremental 120kW drive systems to Optare Plc for integration into their Solo Electric Bus. Optare designs, manufactures and sells single deck and double deck buses and mini coaches. Its buses operate in the UK, Continental Europe, and North America.

Additionally, and announced on March 23, 2012, commuters and bus passengers across England will see more eco-friendly buses on the roads, congestion reduced and services upgraded, thanks to a new GBP 101 million package of improvements approved by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker. Five bus manufacturers will benefit from orders for their eco-friendly hybrid, electric and gas buses. They comprise: Volvo, Wrightbus, Optare, MAN and Alexander Dennis Limited, all of which are based in, or partly in, the UK.

Based on the award-winning Solo low-floor bus, of which over 4,000 are in service worldwide, the Solo EV produces zero tailpipe emissions. The model is based on a standard 27-seat 8.8 meter Solo, but the technology can be used on other models in the Optare range with higher passenger capacities.

Optare recently announced a refinancing agreement with Ashok Leyland which increased its holding in Optare to 75.1% allowing Optare to become fully integrated in Ashok's ambitious global bus strategy which seeks to maintain and improve on its top fifth place amongst the world's bus makers. Ashok Leyland is the flagship of the Hinduja Group and a leading Indian commercial vehicle manufacturing company based in Chennai, selling approximately 94,000 vehicles and about 17,000 engines annually and is the second largest commercial vehicle company in India in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle segment, with a market share of about 25.7% in 2010/2011. Ashok is a market leader in the Indian bus market selling over 23,000 buses annually. The sales turnover of Ashok in 2010-11 was US $ 2.5 billion. Ashok has seven plants in India, one in the Czech Republic and one in the Middle East with a current global capacity of over 150,000 buses and trucks. (Source: Enova, April, 9, 2012) Contact: Enova Systems, Jarrett Fenton, CFO & Investor Relations, (310) 527-2800, jfenton@enovasystems.com, www.enovasystems.com; Optare, Jim Sumner, CEO, +44(0) 845 838 9901, www.optare.com

Tags Enova Systems news,  Optare news,  Electric Bus news,  


Volvo Expanding CO2 Reduction Scheme (Ind. Report)
Volvo
Date: 2012-03-27
Construction Equipment and Volvo Buses have joined the Volvo Group's cooperation with the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Climate Savers program, pledging to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 million tons from construction equipment, buses and trucks through 2014. Shandong Lingong Construction Material Co, which is a Volvo joint venture, also became the first Chinese company to become part of this global carbon emission reduction campaign.

Volvo CEO Olaf Persson said the partnership demonstrates the company is serious about continuously raising carbon emission reduction targets and the vision for carbon-neutral future transportation. "The Volvo Group became the world's first auto manufacturer to join WWF Climate Savers in November with a commitment to reduce the lifetime carbon emissions of its trucks sold between 2009 and 2014 by 13 million tons compared with 2008 models," said Jim Gradoville, WWF China country representative. Thanks to improved fuel efficiency, the goal has now been increased to 30 million tons and will include the company's buses and construction equipment. Thirty million tons is the same amount of carbon dioxide emitted by Sweden in its entirety in seven months. Started in 2000 by WWF, the Climate Savers program provides a platform to enable companies to join forces in committing to more ambitious reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions while growing their businesses responsibly.

The Climate Savers' commitments are based on absolute emission reduction targets and ambitious timetables. Progress towards these targets is monitored and verified by independent third-party experts, he said. The Chinese government has set a nationwide target to reduce its carbon intensity -- the carbon emissions for each unit of economic growth -- by 17 percent between 2011 and 2015. Subsequently, Chinese enterprises, especially the country's top 1,000 energy consumers, are also subject to carbon intensity reduction targets. That means the absolute amount of carbon emissions can still grow as carbon intensity drops because China is still experiencing a high economic growth rate. (Source: ChinaDaily, March 26, 2012)


A123 Systems' ATBS to Develop Lithium Ion Battery Packs for Geely PHEVs (Ind. Report)
A123 Systems,Advanced Traction Battery,Geely
Date: 2012-03-20
Advanced nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate batteries and systems developer and manufacturer A123 Systems reports that its Shanghai-based joint venture company, Advanced Traction Battery Systems (ATBS) has been selected to develop battery packs for a new plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) sedan from Geely, one of the fastest-growing automakers in China and the parent company of Volvo Car Corp. Under the terms of the development agreement, A123 will supply 20Ah prismatic cells to ATBS for the production of complete lithium ion battery packs for Geely's new PHEV, which is expected to launch in China in 2014.

Geely is a global automaker with more than 30 different models in its portfolio. In 2011, it produced more than 430,000 vehicles, and there are currently more than 2.2 million Geely vehicles on the road worldwide. (Source: A123, March 17, 2012) Contact: A123 Systems, Jason Forcier, VP, Automotive Solutions Group, (617) 778-5700, www.a123systems.com; Geely, www.geely.com/english/1-1.html

Tags A123 Systems news,  Geely news,  


Plug Into any Electrical Outlet with ELVIIS Smart EV-Charging (New Prod. & Tech.)
Volvo,ELVIIS
Date: 2012-02-28
A smart system for charging EVs known as ELVIIS may leave the EV industry all shook up - and for the better. The ELVIIS cross-industry research project would not only enable EVs to be recharged from any available outlet, but also use mobile and smart grid technology to establish the best energy deal for the consumer.

Short for Electric Vehicle Intelligent Infra Structure, ELVIIS is a research consortium including Volvo Car Corporation and Ericsson that aims to overcome the practical shortcomings of EVs that may stand in the way of mass market uptake, looking beyond the car itself to the spheres of mobile and smart grid technology. As part of the ELVIIS project, a Volvo C30 Electric has been fitted out with a 7-inch color touchscreen from which the company's "smooth charging" concept can be controlled. Having plugged in, the driver uses the touchscreen (or separate phone or tablet) to choose between various presets for charge duration or total energy drawn. It's at the stage the mobile technology kicks in to optimize the process, invisibly from the driver's point of view.

First, the charge point is identified using GPS technology. The car will then communicate with the electricity grid based on user settings to establish the best energy price. The grid coordinates between connected cars (as well as other energy uses) to optimize the work it has to do. This should mean that drivers needing a brief but urgent charge will be prioritized over those parking up for a some time - similar to broader strategies being employed in smart grids that seek to even out the peaks and troughs in energy consumption over the course of the day. This increases grid efficiency, and increases the usefulness and viability of renewable energy sources that aren't guaranteed to contribute at all times.

The system will be fitted to a total of five Volvo C30 Electric cars and tested over the course of a year. Energy company Goteborg Energi and IT researchers the Viktoria Institute are the remaining partners in the ELVIIS project. (Source: GizMaG, February 27, 2012)


Stagecoach Spending £60Mn to "Green" Bus Fleet (Int'l)
Stagecoach
Date: 2012-02-21
UK-based transport group Stagecoach is to invest around £60m in nearly 400 'greener' vehicles for its bus and coach fleet. The first of the new vehicles will be delivered from May and include a new coach model for its megabus budget service. All but 24 of them will be built by Falkirk, Guildford and Scarborough-based Alexander Dennis and its Plaxton coach building subsidiary. The rest of the fleet - 95 double-deckers, 87 single-deckers, 141 midi-buses, 11 mini-buses, 37 coaches and 19 hybrid vehicles, which produce 30 per cent less carbon emissions than standard buses - will be supplied by Optare, Volvo, Wrightbus and Van Hool.

Stagecoach carries around 2.5 million passengers on its 8.000 buses every day in a network stretching across the UK. Its major bus operations are in Manchester, London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Hull, Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge. Stagecoach already uses 30 hybrid buses in Manchester, with a further 20 ordered for the city, which will go into operation next month.(Source: Stagecoach, February 20, 2012) Contact: Stagecoach Group, Sir Brian Souter, CEO, +4401738 442111, www.stagecoachgroup.com

Tags Stagecoach news,  Alexander Dennis news,  Hybrid Bus news,  


Volvo,WWF Expand Partnership (Ind. Report)
Volvo
Date: 2012-02-20
Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Buses have joined the Volvo Group's cooperation with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers The cooperation is based on the Volvo Group's commitment to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 million tons from construction equipment, buses and trucks manufactured through 2014. Volvo's joint-venture company, SDLG, which manufactures construction equipment in China, will also become the first-ever Chinese company to be a member of Climate Savers.

WWF's Climate Savers program involves multinational companies in the battle to reduce CO2 emissions. These companies pledge to reduce their CO2 emissions pursuant to an agreement between the WWF and the company. The results will be reviewed by independent technical experts. The agreed target must be more ambitious than the company would have set on its own, and must also signify that the company is leading its sector in the reduction of GHG emissions. In autumn 2010, the Volvo Group became the world's first automotive manufacturer to join Climate Savers, in an agreement whereby the Group's truck brands committed to reduce the total amount of CO2 emitted during the lifetime of trucks manufactured and sold from 2009 to 2014, by 13 million tons, compared to trucks manufactured in 2008. This will be accomplished by launching the latest technology in fuel efficiency. In the next step, starting January 1, 2012, Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Buses will be included in the agreement. Thanks to improved fuel efficiency, the total amount of CO2 emitted by trucks, construction equipment and buses manufactured within the Volvo Group through 2014, will be reduced by more than 30 million tons, compared to vehicles manufactured in 2008. 30 million tons is the equivalent of the total carbon dioxide emitted by Sweden in a seven month period. The agreement between Volvo and WWF applies for AB Volvo and the Volvo Group's brands Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Buses, Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, ( http://www.macktrucks.com/ )Renault Trucks ( http://www.renault-trucks.com/ ), UD Trucks ( http://www.udtrucks.com/ ) and SDLG. SDLG manufactures construction equipment in China, and will be the first Chinese company ever to join Climate Savers. (Source: WWF) Contact: Amanda Carufel, WWF, (202) 294-6408, amanda.carufel@wwfus.org, www.worldwildlife.org.

Tags WWF Climate Savers news,  Volvo news,  


Volvo Wins 25 Hybrid Bus Order from Goteborg Sparvager (Int'l)
Volvo
Date: 2012-02-07
Volvo reports that it has to date sold a total of 100 buses powered by hybrid technology in the Nordic countries. Volvo's latest order is for 25 hybrid buses for Goteborgs Sparvagar (Gothenburg Tramways), which operates public transport services on behalf of Vasttrafik. Delivering up to 37 percent lower fuel consumption and with a much lower environmental impact than conventional diesels, Volvo hybrid buses have achieved significant market success around the world. Now, the company's home town of Gothenburg has ordered 25 hybrid buses which are scheduled to enter service later this year.

The 25 Volvo 7700 hybrid buses are powered by a small diesel engine and an electric motor. Fuel consumption is radically reduced by the use of regenerative braking to recover the energy generated when the vehicle's brakes are applied. The diesel engine is shut off at bus stops, enabling the bus to operate silently and emission-free on electricity. However, emissions from diesel operation are also low since the bus is fueled by biodiesel. (Source: Volvo, February 6, 2012) Contact: Volvo, www.volvo.com

Tags Volvo news,  Hybrid Bus news,  


Volvo Plug-In Hybrid XC60 to Debut in Detroit (New Prod. & Tech.)
Volvo
Date: 2012-01-06
Volvo Car Corp. is unveiling its XC60 plug-in hybrid concept vehicle this month during the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This gasoline/electric hybrid delivers 350 hp in a luxury platform, the company says. "This world-class gasoline plug-in hybrid technology, featuring a state-of-the-art four-cylinder engine from our upcoming Volvo Environmental Architecture engine family, will reach our American showrooms in a couple of years," says Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby. "Hybrid" mode - the vehicle's default setting - puts the gasoline engine and electric motor to work in concert, yielding fuel economy that exceeds 100 mpg. In "Pure" mode, the XC60 is powered solely by its electric motor, with an operational range of up to 35 miles. With "Power" mode, the 280 hp gasoline engine is combined with the 70 hp electric motor to maximize performance (e.g., acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds). (Source; Volvo, January 4, 2012) Contact: Volvo , Maria Bohlin, Press Officer, +46 (31) 596-525, mbohlin1@volvocars.com, www.volvocars.com

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Eltek to Supply Chargers For Volvo EV Project (Ind. Report)
Volvo,Eltek
Date: 2012-01-03
Eltek Valere will provide on-board chargers for Volvo's hybrid EV program. Under the agreement, Eltek will supply complete water-cooled on-board chargers, with volume production starting in 2012. The Eltek EV Powercharger 3000 provides an output power in excess of 3 kW with 96% power conversion efficiency, which minimizes heat generation and battery charge time, and thereby lowers charging costs. The Powercharger 3000's compact design will fit into any free space in an EV or PHEV, and is designed for maximal utilization of a 16 A wall socket. (Source: Eltek) Contact: Eltek, Colin Howe, CEO, (469) 330-9100, www.eltek.com; Maria Bohlin, Press Officer, Volvo Car Corporation, +46 (31) 596-525, mbohlin1@volvocars.com, www.volvocars.com

Tags Eltek news,  Volvo news,  


Volvo V60 Diesel PHEV Enters Production (Ind. Report)
Volvo
Date: 2011-12-15
The Volvo V60 diesel hybrid is a showcase of frugality as well as environmental consciousness as the high fuel economy of a diesel engine along with the low emissions of an electric motor have made the V60 plug-in hybrid a car that could be representative of what the future of automotive technology holds for us. While petrol hybrid cars are not new in the automotive world, a diesel PHEV is.

The Volvo V60 station wagon will feature the same 2.4 LiterD5 five pot inline turbo diesel engine that is found across Volvo's car range, but with an electric motor to supplant it. The diesel engine produces 215 Bhp and 440 Nm while the electric motor adds 70 Bhp and 200 Nm. Together, the diesel and electric motor produce 295 Bhp of peak power and a torque number of 640 Nm. The Volvo V60 features an all wheel drive mode and a regeneration system to charge the 11.2 KWh Lithium ion batteries.

The Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid will have a limited production run of 1,000 units for 2012 and production will be expanded to 4,000 units in 2013. (Source: Volvo, December, 13, 2011)

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LG Chem Sues SK Innovation over EV Battery Tech. (Ind. Report)
LG Chem,SK Innovation
Date: 2011-12-13
LG Chem has filed a lawsuit against SK Innovation claiming it copied LG's key proprietary battery separator technology for EVs. The company said it took legal action after discovering that SK is testing its battery for EVs, which uses LG Chem's Safety Reinforced Separator (SRS) technology.

The SRS technology, developed and patented by LG Chem in 2005, is said to make the semi-permeable membrane mechanically and thermally superior compared to other separators by coating it with ceramic material. It ultimately increases the safety of the lithium ion battery built for electric cars, according to its company officials. Global car manufacturers such as General Motors, Volvo, Renault-Samsung and Hyundai-Kia have therefore chosen LG Chem as their battery supplier, LG Chem said.

Claiming that SK is in the process of producing secondary batteries using the SRS technology, LG Chem has ordered the firm to dispose the related items and provide 100 billion won ($87,154) in damages, according to the suit.(Source: LG Chem, December, 12, 2011) Contact: LG Chem, Terry Lee, Public Relations, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com; SK Innovation, + 82 2 2121 5114, www.skenergy.com

Tags LG Chem news,  SK Innovation news,  


Volvo Plans Chinese C30 EV Road Tests (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Volvo
Date: 2011-11-14
Volvo, which now owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co, reports that it is prepared begin Chinese field trials on its C30 EV. The Swedish carmaker signed a memorandum of understanding on Nov 8, 2011 with Shanghai International Autocity Development Co Ltd to lease its electric C30 for demonstration operations in Jiading district on the western outskirts of Shanghai. Shanghai is the third locale outside Sweden after Paris and Los Angeles where the automaker is testing its electric C30.

Volvo plans a limited production run of 250 C30 EVs that will be leased to fleet customers such as government authorities and companies in Europe, the US and China. The electric C30 is powered by a 24 kWh lithium battery pack that offers a range of up to 150 kilometers on a single charge. It accelerates from zero to 100 km in 10.5 seconds and is able to reach maximum speed of 130 km/h.

Volvo's Chief Executive Stefan Jacoby said EVs will account for less than 5 percent of global auto sales in 2020, but he noted the company still has to invest ahead to ensure a leading position in future competition. Freeman Shen, senior vice-president of Volvo Cars and chairman of Volvo's China operations, said the company does not exclude the possibility of Chinese produced EVs. After it was sold to Geely last year, Volvo announced plans to build two plants in China, one in Chengdu in the southwest and another in northeastern city Daqing, but is still awaiting government approval. The Chengdu plant is now scheduled to start production in 2013. Volvo's sales in China in the first 10 months surged more than 50 percent over the same period last year. Global sales increased over 22 percent. (Source: China Daily, November, 14, 2011)Contact: Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, www.geely.com/english/1-1.html; Maria Bohlin, Press Officer, Volvo Car Corporation, +46 (31) 596-525, mbohlin1@volvocars.com, www.volvocars.com

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Volvo Reduced CO2 Emissions Most in Europe (Ind. Report)
Volvo
Date: 2011-10-20
When it comes to reducing CO2 emissions, Volvo is in the lead among European automakers, as shown in the sixth annual analysis conducted by the European Federation for Transport and Environment . Volvo, Europe's eight largest automaker, cut their CO2 emissions by an average of 2 to 6 percent in 2010. The Volvo Car Corporation is the exception that stands out, with a CO2 reduction of no less than 9 percent. This is the result of a concerted environmental focus under the "DRIVe towards zero" banner. Volvo's CO2 strategy also includes EVs and Hybrids.

All told, carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sold in the EU dropped by 3.7 percent in 2010, and today the average figure for new cars sold in Europe is 140 grams per kilometre. (Source: The Auto Channel, October, 19, 2011) Contact; Volvo, www.volvo.vom

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Volvo V60 PHEV Launch Slated for 2012 (New Prod, & Tech.)
Volvo
Date: 2011-10-17
Today, Volvo announced that the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be launched on European the market in 2012, and elsewhere before the year is out. The V60 Plug-In Hybrid will be more expensive than the regular V60 but its running costs are estimated to be cut by roughly two-thirds. Developed in partnership with Swedish utility company Vattenfall, the new Volvo V60 PHEV promises mileage of 124 mpg on the slightly more generous European combined cycle when equipped with a diesel engine.

This diesel engine is a turbocharged 2.4-liter five-cylinder unit rated at 215 horsepower while the car's electric motor is rated 70 horsepower and is powered by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The electric only driving range is roughly 31 miles after which the turbodiesel engine kicks in and the vehicle acts like a regular hybrid. The turbodiesel engine drives the front axle and the electric motor drives the rear, making the Volvo V60 an all-wheel drive vehicle. (Source: Volvo, October, 17, 2011) Contact; Volvo, www.volvo.com

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