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Alba, the electric cart, was born from a project thought and created in Italy by TCN Group, a company leader in the mechanic and smart mobility sector, headquartered in Alba, in the province of Cuneo. Presenting it to us is Puntogas, the official Lazio and L’Aquila and Terni cart dealer. At the headwaters showroom in Albano Laziale, it is possible to see and test all the functions as well as receive it and request assistance. Currently available in the GC version for use in golf clubs and tourist villages, Alba also includes the off-road versions (GC and TC), and now a new street-legal (SC) version which will be usable on the city center historical roads. Powered by a three-phase electric motor with a power of 3 kW, rechargeable at home without the need for external columns, it has an autonomy of up to 60 km and is able to reach a maximum speed of 50 km/h. The captivating casing bears the signature of the well-known designer Walter de Silva and, it underlines Spartaco Lombardelli, owner of Puntogas, contains all the modern concepts of mobility, safety, technology, comfort and versatility.

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The multinational Westport Fuel Systems, which develops low-emission, alternative fuel-efficient transport technologies and headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, published a joint study with AVL (a company that deals with the development and testing of propulsion systems), on the evaluation of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of internal combustion engines fueled by hydrogen (H2).

Our analysis shows – Mr. David Johnson, Westport Fuel Systems CEO stated – that a hydrogen ICE engine equipped with high efficiency technologies (i.e. H2-HPDI) can outperform electric fuel cell vehicles in terms of TCO. Together with Scania it has been started a research project for the application of HPDI 2.0 hydrogen fuel system to the latest Scania industrial vehicle engine.

The results of the preliminary tests are expected in the second half of 2021. Moreover, from Cherasco, Westport Fuel Systems Italia has recently announced that it is an official member of H2IT, the Italian Association Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.

Bio methane-powered cars do not create any carbon deposits. This is the result obtained by the first monitoring data collected by BioMethER, a project developed thanks to the collaboration between Iren and Volkswagen Group Italia.

The project allowed to analyze the impact of the direct use of bio methane as a fuel for transportation. The tests were carried out in the test room of the Enea della Casaccia Research Center, equipped with a roller bench, on two new vehicles of the same brand – Volkswagen Polo TGI 1.0 90CV – powered 100% with bio methane produced by sewage sludge in Roncocesi’s Iren demonstration plant (Reggio Emilia).

The results showed that after 15,000 kilometers driven on bio methane there was the total absence of carbon residues on the piston crown, a data that suggests less wear on the engine.

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