Keynote speech by Henrik Hololei (Director General, DG MOVE, European Commission) on the potential of the full range of powertrain options for commercial vehicles to contribute to further decarbonising road transport.
After lengthy negotiations the European Parliament and EU Member States late last month came to an agreement over new rules regulating energy performance in buildings. Though significantly watered down from the European Commission’s initial legislative proposal, and far from meeting Bellona’s vision, the new directive mandates the installation of at least one charge point in larger, new non-residential buildings. While symbolically important for both consumers and industry, in practical terms, the new directive will have marginal implications for electro-mobility infrastructure roll-out.
A blogpost by Thomas Skordas, Director “Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure.
The EU’s prosperity and global relevance over the coming decades will depend on our ability to innovate. An energy system is the bloodstream to many of our activities. Moreover, innovation in clean energy will be of vital importance. Full article…
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The vehicles will be 12 metres long and able to hold 91 passengers, as well as being fully adapted for use by people with reduced mobility. As the buses’ electric battery is recharged by driving, there is no need for them to go to charging stations. In addition, the bus model also has the potential to be fully electrified in the future, further decreasing its environmental impact.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed five agreements making it possible to provide EUR 151m for investment in innovation in several sectors of the Spanish economy, such as pharmaceuticals, transport and the automotive industry.
The European Automotive Forum (EAF) is a biannual event benefiting from its unique setting amid the European Motorshow Brussels, close to the beating heart of the European Union. The 2018 edition of the EAF brings European policymakers and decision-makers in urban mobility together to debate the latest issues and developments.
Member states will be obliged to develop long-term strategies to ensure that buildings in the EU hardly use any energy by 2050. Full article…
On 7 December, a protocol was signed between the Madeira Regional Government and other regional organisations that will bring the Portuguese-made electric CaetanoBus to the roads of the Madeira town and Porto Santo.
On 19 December, the Estonian presidency reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a revised directive on the energy performance of buildings. The outcome of the trilogue will be presented to EU ambassadors today, with the final analysis and approval of the agreement expected to take place at the beginning of next year.
A summary of the debate on the general approach is available. Full article…
Whilst the rest of the economy has leapt forward to embrace digitalisation, transport has remained largely analogue. The internal combustion engine, a workhorse from the 19th century, stills powers virtually all vehicles using oil that chokes our cities and heats the planet.
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission to a question (Rule 130) by Carolina Punset (ALDE) regarding ‘Banning polluting vehicles from cities and encouraging the use of electric vehicles’.
Forsee Power, expert français des systèmes de batteries intelligentes pour la mobilité urbaine, annonce un financement de 55 millions d’euros pour soutenir l’industrialisation de ses systèmes de batteries.
From private to public transport, electric vehicles are already the tomorrow’s solution for sustainable urban mobility. Their development needs to rely on a secure, competitive and clean local energy. This is the core issue of the Forum Energy for Smart Mobility, an opportunity to share views and for business happening about next generation energy-based solutions for mobility.
The following commentary was written by IEA Energy Investment Analysts Michael Waldron and Yoko Nobuoka.
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Yasmin is 22 years old and she studies Human Technology Interaction. Together with her student team (mostly bachelor students) from Eindhoven University of Technology they built the electric car Lina. Lina is special, because it is the world’s first structural bio-based car.