Automotive Purchasing Weekly 15 December 2014 - page 9

UKgovernment announces
newgreen fuel initiative
Dec 10, 2014 | General
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced the launch of £25 million competition to
encourage the country’s green fuel industry.
TheUKgreen fuels industry took a significant
step when it announced the launch of a £25
million competition to build advanced biofuel
plants.
The Department for Transport funding
is supported by significant private sector
investment and will enable the construction of
up to 3 demonstration biofuel plants, the first of
their kind in the UK.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said:
“This government is helping the transition to
greener, cleaner fuel. Advanced biofuels will
play an increasingly important role in lowering
carbon emissions from transport and these fuel
plants will help ensure the UK is leading the way
in building our capacity.
“This country has world-class research
capabilities and I want the development of
green technology to be part of this success
story. This will not only benefit the environment
but boost investment in Britain.
“Thefuelproducedbythechosentechnology
must show a minimum of 60% greenhouse
gas emissions reductions compared with fossil
fuels. Advanced biofuels are made from waste
materials such as agricultural residues like straw,
using complex processing techniques. They
can produce a wide range of transport fuels for
roads and aviation.
“This £25 million funding will be made
available over 3 years. The competition will be
run in 2 stages with a detailed expression of
interest stage for potential bidders open until
13 February 2015, followed by full proposals
in June 2015. The competition expects plants
backed by this funding to be operational by
December 2018 and produce at least 1 million
litres of biofuel a year.”
Audi A3Sportbacke-tron
awarded fivestarsbyEuroNCAP
Dec 10, 2014 | General
The Euro NCAP consortium has awarded
the new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron the
maximum five-star rating for crash safety.
Safety monitor Euro NCAP has
announced that the new Audi A3 Sportback
e-tron has been awarded the maximum
five-star rating for crash safety, putting the
first series production plug-in hybrid from
Audi among the safest cars in its class.
The test panel was impressed by the
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron across the board:
As a result the plug‑in hybrid earned top
marks in protecting adults and children in a
front, side or rear collision. The model also
passed tests of its pedestrian protection
with flying colours.
This year Euro NCAP additionally tested
assistance systems for the first time. The A3
Sportback e-tron with Audi pre sense front
and Audi active lane assist also fulfilled the
stringent requirements in this category.
The model received the special “Euro
NCAP advanced” prize for its Audi pre
sense basic passenger protection system
as well as for the Audi secondary collision
brake assist system that is fitted as
standard. This function initiates braking
automatically in case of an accident to
reduce the risk of skidding and the danger
of a subsequent collision.
Mazda’snewbioplastic
discovery
Dec 10, 2014 | General
Mazda has developed a bio-based
engineering plastic suitable for exterior
automobile parts.
The new bioplastic will help Mazda
decrease its environmental impact. Made
from plant-derived materials, it curbs
petroleum use and with it CO2 emissions.
And since the bioplastic can be dyed and
does not require painting, it also reduces
emissions of volatile organic compounds.
Dying the material gives the parts a deep
hue and smooth, mirror-like finish of a
higher quality than can be achieved with a
traditional painted plastic.
Mazda has been proactively developing
biomass technologies for a number of years.
Under the Mazda Biotechmaterial name, the
company has come up with the automotive
industry’s first high strength, heat-resistant
and plant-based bioplastic for interior parts
as well as the world’s first biofabric for seat
upholstery made entirely from plant-derived
fibre. To be suitable for exterior parts and
the harsh environmental factors to which
they are exposed, bioplastics need to be
exceptionally weather, scratch and impact
resistant.
Mazda has now succeeded in making
a material suitable for both interior and
exterior parts. It was achieved by optimising
the composition of a highly mouldable
and durable new bioplastic base material
with additives and colouring agents
(patent pending), and enhancing moulding
specifications. This will enable the company
to produce parts that are as durable as
conventional painted ABS plastic parts,
yet feature a higher-quality finish and the
associated design advantages.
This bioplastic will be first used for
interior parts on the all-new Mazda MX-
5, to be launched in 2015, before finding
its way onto exterior components of other
production models. Mazda will display
prototype Mazda Biotechmaterial parts
made from the bioplastic at Eco-Products
2014, an environmental technology exhibit
opening tomorrow in Tokyo. The material
was developed in conjunction with
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.
Toyota isworking to
make tomorrow’scities
safer
Dec 10, 2014 | General
Japanese carmaker Toyota is working hard to improve sustainable mobility in Germany’s
second largest city.
Citizens and policy makers all want their
cities to have safe, reliable and comfortable
mobility for all. Ideally, this mobility
should also be affordable, aim for zero
traffic accidents, have low environmental
impact and reduce demands on energy
and time. But mobility is so intertwined
with cities’ physical, economic, and social
characteristics that achieving these
objectives can’t be done from a drawing
board. It requires taking into account the
realities of each city.
Within its Sustainable Mobility Project
2.0, the World Business Council for
Sustainable
Mobility
(WBCSD)
has
developed a process to identify transport
priorities and measures to enhance the
transport systems of cities. It is now testing
this process in six cities worldwide: Lisbon
(Portugal), Campinas (Brazil), Chengdu
(China), Indore (India), Bangkok (Thailand),
and Hamburg (Germany).
Toyota, along with 14 other member
companies, is playing an active role in the
worldwide sustainability project of WBCSD.
It will participate in a city task force with
Hamburg’s Department for Economy,
Transport and Innovation, which will, at
an initial stage, work under the leadership
of Daimler to analyse the city’s situation
and develop recommendations on how
to improve sustainability in Hamburg’s
transportation system.
Toyota is also leading a similar initiative
in Bangkok (Thailand). “We are contributing
Toyota’s vast technical expertise and
knowledge to make tomorrow’s cities safer,
more efficient and more environmentally
sustainable,” said Michel Gardel, Vice
President for Communications, External
and Environmental Affairs at Toyota Motor
Europe.
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