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We are about to publish number 141 of Ecomobile just as we see ourselves in the midst of the corona-virus emergency, which unfortunately involves as protagonist our country, Italy.

The new hybrid Fiat Panda and the Fiat 500 with the same power supply were presented to the international press at FICO Eataly World in Bologna, the theme park dedicated to Italian agricoltural/food bio diversity.

The EU Commission presented the European Green deal, a road map with actions to stimulate the efficient use of resources, thanks to the transition to a circular and clean economy, in order to stop climate change, ending biodiversity loss and overall reducing pollution.

This is the result that we hope for with the certain proposals that we have listened to in amazement. They just need to melt away. We look for a bit of healthy environmentalism and certainly not the choices for a Green New Deal that the Government is preparing to put into effect.

The average CO2 emissions of newly registered cars in Europe are increasing, while the regulation approved by the European Parliament and the Council raises the bar further.

The year starts with a provisional law which is partial and not too incisive. Bonuses given for the purchase of ecological cars will offer a scarce benefit to drivers.

The working group dedicated to measures to support the demand for means of transportation (MiSE), chaired by the Economic Development Minister Mr. Stefano Patuanelli, met during the automotive round table (see Ecomobile 140).

The Ministry of Economic Development has set up a meeting fully dedicated to the automotive sector, in which have been formed three operative groups to identify the tools for relaunching this sector. The first meeting was held this past October 18th at the ministry headquarters, attended by representatives of associations, companies, trade unions, universities and research groups.

Overcome the current LPG system testing system by entrusting it to authorized workshops. To ask for it were the deputy Sara Moretto (Italia Viva), together with the Hon.

XVIII legislation. The new Government immediately pronounced itself in favor of a Green New Deal, undersigning the 29 point guidelines drawn by the President of the Council which is based on the proposals by the three parties: the 5 Star Movement, the Democratic Party and, Free and Equal Party. The same trend was expressed with the update note to the 2019 economy and finance documents.

On April 8th the platform where the citizens can apply for the contribution for the purchase of low emission electric and hybrid vehicles has opened on the page – ecobonus.mise.gov.it – (excluded from the bonus are the most widespread fuels with low environmental impact such LPG and natural gas vehicles).

The amendment in the Government intentions which should motivate the purchase of ecological cars through a bonus/malus mechanism when buying a new car (M1vehicles) has finally arrived to its final stages.

A speech by Mr. Paolo Vettori, president of Assogasmetano, an association that protects and promotes methane and its distribution sector.

In 2019, according to the data released by Acea, in the countries of the enlarged European Union and EFTA , the registered car volumes reached 15,805,752 units, with a positive variation of 1.2% compared to 2018. For the European market it is the sixth consecutive year of growth.

The 2020 economic maneuver has equated electric push scooters to velocipedes, allowing their legitimate circulation since the beginning of last January as a part of an experiment on micro mobility.

The heavy transport and logistics industries are increasingly relying on natural gas to plan the future of mobility.

Liquefied natural gas is becoming always more popular in Italy, as shown by the numbers released in the annual report SSLNG Watch 2019 of the REF-E economic-energy research center on the final uses of LNG in Italy. Data that confirm and increase the European record in heavy transportation in Italy, third country in the world, after China and the United States, with 70 active distributors (38 in 2018, 15 in 2017).

The Landi Renzo Group, world leader in the design and manufacturing of systems and components for gas mobility (CNG, LNG, H2 and LPG) for cars and heavy vehicles and Snam4Mobility, a subsidiary of Snam and main reference as infrastructure operator in the natural and bio-methane gas transport sector, signed a collaboration agreement to boost sustainable mobility for CNG (compressed natural gas) in Italy.

Discovering bio-methane, our editorial staff visited the company “Sesa SpA” facilities in Este, which collects solid urban waste in the municipalities of the Padua surroundings.

Costa Crociere took possession of the Costa Smeralda, a new cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas, from the Meyer naval shipyard in Turku (Finland).

The EU Council has definitively approved new limits for CO2 emissions for cars and trucks.

In order to limit the increase of global warming to 1,5°C rapid, forward-looking and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society are required.

Between 1990 and 2015 greenhouse gas emissions have decreased overall thanks to the CO2 reduction in the energy sector. But in 2015 they increased by 2.3%.

In the 11th Euromobility report (data from year 2016) regarding sustainable mobility in the main 50 Italian cities, Parma won the prize as number one ecological-mobile city.

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The Renault Group completes its offer of commercial vehicles by introducing Renault Kangoo Z.E. Hydrogen at the end of 2019 and Renault Master Z.E. Hydrogen in 2020.

The Roman Vallelunga racetrack was recently the scene of a series of tests for the Alfa Racing Club aimed at demonstrating how two experimental modified cars that adopt ACStag and EcoWorld Gas systems work.

Refueling with bio-methane does not differ from refueling with the fossil product.

The Aspro liquefaction group is now adding its offer with the methane cryogenic thrust pump.

It isn’t surprising to see a V8 racing car competing in the temple of motor racing with its injectors spraying LPG into the cylinders. This is proposed by Mr. Fulvio Maria Ballabio, with a carbon fiber frame: Tecno Nanni Galli V8 Ecoracing. The company that created this supercar is Montecarlo Engineering, founded by Ballabio together with Carlo Chiti. The supercar takes its name from this successful partnership.

In the past few months, Italy has outnumbered Spain in the number of service stations for trucks that use liquefied natural gas (LNG),
becoming the leading operator in the sector in Europe.

On February 7th and 8th, the key event of the ACI Sport Directorate for Automotive,the awards of the winners of the various car and kart series of the past season, was held at the Monza Eni Circuit. Two days of celebration dedicated by the Italian Automobile Club to its protagonists with over 900 prizes and numerous awards.

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The Italian Energy Saving Green Endurance Championship closed in Este, Padua, reserved for ecological vehicles powered by alternative and renewable energies – electrical, hybrid, bio-methane, methane and LPG – organized by Aci Sport.

From November 5th til the 8th, the Rimini fair hosted a great event dedicated to green economy during the Ecomondo events, the faiR dedicated to circular economy ; Key Energy with the companies of the renewable energy and energy efficiency supply chain; the bi-annual
Sal .VE. with the vehicles for ecology and the new Dpe, oriented to energy power.

 

On October 23rd and 24th, the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome hosted the 14th edition of Oil & nonoil, a b2b event dedicated to energy, fuel and mobility services organized by Veronafiere.

The adventure of the San Marino Ecorally started once again this year from Montegiardino.

On October 23rd and 24th, in Rome at the Palazzo dei Congressi in the EUR district, there will be the 14th edition of OIL & non-oil Storage & Fuel Transport.

This year, the World LPG Association & Liquid Gas Europe joined together to bring the biggest LPG event in the world, the 32nd World LPG Forum & 2019 European Congress, to Amsterdam (24 - 27 September 2019).

A new opinion by the lawyer Bonaventura Sorrentino of the Sorrentino Pasca Toma Law and Tax firm has been published in the number 137 of Ecomobile.

Bio-methane: the new decree that encourages production for its use in transportation has entered into force.

At the end of 2017, the LPG and CNG circulating fleet consisted of 3,200,000 units (8,4% on the overall circulating vehicles).

For many years this Emilian city has played a primary role in sustainable mobility.

The next elections find every political party engaged with the difficult task to promote and create the nation that they wish for.

The mandatory law for car drivers to use anti-neglect car seats for children under the age of 4 entered into force on November 7th, 2019.

Wind tunnel tests measure the braking force that the air exerts on the vehicle, in order to determine its resistance in motion at different speeds. The goal is to optimize the aerodynamics of each model.

The European Parliament approved in April a regulation according to which from May 2022 all of the new vehicles will have to be equipped with life-saving technologies such as intelligent speed assistance and the advanced emergency braking system.

We talk about the regulation related to the use of electronic devices while driving cars, motorcycle, and velocipedes.

From March 31st (as per the EU law 2015/758), eCall, the emergency system connected to the 112, will be mandatory everywhere in Europe for new cars and light motor vehicles.

In order to achieve completely autonomous driving for an accident-free future, redundancy in critical safety systems such as braking and steering is crucial.