Volvo Buses to focus more on hybrids and electric buses: Electromobility key to sustainable cities - Home : Volvo Buses North America. Interest in energy-efficient vehicles that can operate completely or partly on electricity is growing rapidly worldwide. For Volvo Buses, which is the leader in the field, electromobility is the road to the future. “By expanding the use of hybrids and electric vehicles, we will be able to reduce energy consumption, air pollution, climate impact and noise. Accordingly, we will be able to meet several of the biggest challenges facing large cities worldwide,” says Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Bus Corporation. Volvo Buses’ single-minded effort has made the company market leader in hybrid buses. Since the introduction of the Volvo 7900 Hybrid in 2010, nearly 1,200 units have been sold to customers in 21 countries, while the model has been gradually developed.
The current version has up to 39% lower diesel consumption and climate impact than a corresponding diesel-driven bus. The plug-in hybrid can operate on electricity alone more than two-thirds of the time. Download image 1. Ethical Performance | News article: Volvo pioneers ‘sustainable mobility’ with self-driving cars. Sweden is to pilot the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish city of Gothenburg. The ground-breaking project ‘Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility’ is a joint initiative between Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg. It is also endorsed by the Swedish Government. The pilot will involve self-driving cars using approximately 50km of selected roads in and around Gothenburg.
The roads are typical commuter arteries and include motorway conditions and frequent queues. “Our aim is for the car to be able to handle all possible traffic scenarios by itself, including leaving the traffic flow and finding a safe ‘harbour’ if the driver for any reason is unable to regain control,” explained Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo Car Group. You are not logged in. ITS systems as metaphors for the idealized planner_2014. Using GIS to measure regional enlargement and strengthening in Sweden (Jannuary 2014)
European emergency system eCall, live in action - see how it works. CCS 'only proven technology' for transitioning to low-carbon future | The Parliament Magazine. Europe has arrived at a critical juncture. We must decide how to cope with rapidly-growing CO2 emissions and avoid the associated detrimental effects of climate change. The intergovernmental panel on climate change - the United Nations' environment programme - and international energy agency have all recently published reports that paint a clear picture of our energy and environmental future. Fossil fuels will remain the principle energy source for decades to come and climate change will be inevitable if we do not successfully manage to reduce CO2 emissions. Today we know that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the only proven technology that can capture at least 90 per cent of CO2 emissions from the world's largest emitters.
The EU's ambitious decarbonisation target of 80-95 per cent by 2050 cannot be achieved cost effectively without CCS To achieve this ambitious goal of wide deployment by 2030, EU CCS policy needs to be immediately reset, with the following five actions: Personal Rapid Transit. MP&ES announces natural gas locomotive. USA: Following two years of technology evaluation, Motive Power & Equipment Solutions has announced plans to launch the Greenville MP1500, a low-emissions genset locomotive which would be fuelled by a combination of natural gas and diesel. MP&ES is working with technology partner OptiFuel Systems to develop the 1 500 hp freight locomotive. The first orders are expected this year for the design, which would be based on remanufactured locomotives repowered as twin-engine dual-fuel gensets. ‘Natural gas offers our customers an opportunity to greatly reduce their operating fuel costs while cutting emissions at the same time,’ said MP&ES CEO & President David Wilkerson.
‘The availability of low-cost, US-sourced natural gas provides an unprecedented opportunity for green locomotives.’ Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad is considering converting 31 locomotives to natural gas fuel. Tomorrow's cities: Do you want to live in a smart city? How do you fancy living in a city with which you can interact? A city that acts more like a living organism, a city that can respond to your needs.
Around the world such cities are already being built, from Masdar in Abu Dhabi to Songdo in South Korea. Now the chaotic city near you may be in line for a makeover. In the future everything in a city, from the electricity grid, to the sewer pipes to roads, buildings and cars will be connected to the network. But how do we get to this smarter future. And is it a future we even want? Technology firms such as IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, Intel and Cisco are busy selling their software to solve a range of city problems, from water leaks to air pollution to traffic congestion. In Singapore, Stockholm and California, IBM is gathering traffic data and running it via algorithms to predict where a traffic jam will occur an hour before it has happened. IBM argues that it does get citizens involved in its smart city projects. It worries Mr Townsend. Advantech - innovation & mobility.