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04 Jan 2017

LUXEMBOURG INAUGURATES ELECTRIC-HYBRID BUS INFRASTRUCTURE

Twelve Volvo 7900 plug-in hybrid electric buses and OppCharge open standard-based fast-charging infrastructure, from ABB, have been inaugurated in Bertrange, south-west of Luxembourg, for operation by operator Sales-Lentz. The charging station, installed at the bus route termination by Bertrange railway station, has been designed to fully charge the new buses in three to six minutes, delivering 150kW of power (upgradeable to 300kW and 450kW).



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03 Jan 2017

DRIVERLESS PLATOONS COULD SAVE TIME AND FUEL

DRIVERLESS PLATOONS COULD SAVE TIME AND FUEL Engineers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have studied a simple vehicle-platooning scenario and determined the best ways to deploy vehicles in order to save fuel and minimize delays. Their analysis shows that relatively simple, straightforward schedules may be the optimal approach for saving fuel and minimizing delays for autonomous vehicle fleets. The findings may also apply to conventional long-distance trucking and even ride-sharing services.



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02 Jan 2017

NESTE PRODUCING RENEWABLE “CHRISTMAS DIESEL” FROM BAKED HAM FAT

NESTE PRODUCING RENEWABLE “CHRISTMAS DIESEL” FROM BAKED HAM FAT Neste is producing the first “Christmas diesel” in a holiday recycling campaign inviting Finns to collect the fat from baked Christmas hams in an effort to produce enough 100% renewable fuel to drive around the world three times. The festive charity stunt aimed to demonstrate the power of recycling and circular economy. Grocery stores and service stations across the country had set up collection points for ham fat. The collected fat went on to be processed and finally turned into a diesel by Neste. The result was the world’s first “Christmas diesel”. By producing 100% renewable diesel from waste fat, the fuel’s carbon footprint can be reduced by up to 90% when compared with regular diesel.



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