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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 Government budget is based on the circulating vehicles – present and future. This isn’t a wild statement. In fact according to the data supplied by Acea, the European association of car producers, in 15 countries of the EU (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlander, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Great Britain, basically all of the original EU countries excluding those which entered into the EU after 1995) the tax turnover on motor vehicle equals to 413 billion euros per year, an amount that is about three times the whole EU total balance.

It is always more and more difficult to find the right path in the field of sustainable mobility.

Year 2017 is almost finished. The XVII legislation is ending. The Boon climate conference took place without going noticed. Smog is sufficating all of the major cities.

Smog emergency. From last January up to the second half of October, at least 25 cities have exceeded the limits set for fine dust particles (PM10).

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.

At the end of 2017, there were over 51 million vehicles registered in Italy. Over 5 and a half million are registered as Euro 5 while over 30 million vehicles – including cars, trucks buses and special size vehicles – are classified anywhere between Euro 0 and Euro 4.

In this pre-electoral period, our newspaper hosts the arguments of a deserving sector in the panorama of sustainable mobility: it is that of LPG and methane for cars, which boasts a very long and prestigious tradition in our country.

In full pre-electoral climate, the new National Energy Strategy has been approved. On November 10th, the Ministers of the Economic Development and of the Environment have signed the decree.

In these times of economic crisis and peaks of pollution, with the elections at the doorstep, the National Energy Strategy (Sen) is about to be presented together with the arrival of the Dafi directive.

The car market is finally showing a positive trend. According to the data published by the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure in August there were 91,551 registrations, a +9.5% increase compared to the same month in 2017.

The 2017 trend for new car matriculation has been presented by Anfia (National Association of the Automotive Industry Supply Chain).

In Italy, nowadays, there are 3,249,122 cars fueled with alternative fuels and ecological propulsion. 2,211,368 (5.84%) have double propulsion: petrol-LPG. 911,246 (2.41) have double propulsion: petrol-CNG, 117,433 (0.31%) are hybrid (electric and petrol), 5,743 (0.02%) electric and 3,332 (0.01%) are hybrid (electric and diesel).

Europe and alternative fuels. According to data released by ACEA, the association of European Automakers, a survey of 25 EU and EFTA countries reveals that there were 640,000 new registrations of alternative fuel vehicles in 2015, up 22% from 2014.

LPG. A fuel with great potential, one that is getting good use as fuel for vehicles worldwide: 9.6% of total used goes to fuel vehicles, the remainder being used for domestic and industrial purposes.

Una vicenda che ci accompagnerà ancora a lungo quella dello scandalo Volkswagen. Dopo che l’imbroglio è divenuto di pubblico dominio a settembre, i colpi di scena si sono succeduti uno dopo l’altro.

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.

On November 8th, the European Commission presented a mobility package in which it proposes more ambitious targets for the average CO2 emissions of cars and lightweight vehicles in order to accelerate the transition to low and zero emissions vehicles.

The four regions of the Pianura Padana (Emilia Romagna, Piedmont, Veneto and Lombardy) – have decided to adopt shared measures to fight pollution thanks to an agreement signed in Bologna during the G7 for the Environment in June.

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The process to be able to refuel in self-serve mode is completing its course.

The Sequent 2.0 SDI system, intended for the LPG conversion of direct injection of gasoline cars, has evolved and is now also applicable for the conversion of FireFly engines the ones that power the Fiat 500X 3 cylinders.

Over 180 operators in the fuel sector were present at the two open days organized by Aspro Italy at its plant in Nonantola, in the province of Modena, on December 5th and 6th.

The decree approved on October 23rd, 2018 of the Interior Minister titled “Technical regulation of fire prevention for the design, construction and operation of hydrogen distribution systems for motor vehicles” was published in the Official Journal dated November 5th.

In the latest Ecomobile issues, we often spoke about hybrid cars – new or transformed – that combine petrol engines with electric or LPG traction.

At the recent Exhibition in Tokyo, Toyota has launched a new hybrid LPG cab for the Japanese market.

This year, the World LPG Association & Liquid Gas Europe are joining together to bring the biggest LPG event in the world, the 32nd World LPG Forum & 2019 European Congress, to Amsterdam (24 - 27 September 2019). The LPG industry is always seeking to reach outside the industry to help inform others about the industry and the contribution it makes to our environment, and also to encourage others to look into the LPG sector as a potential to either grow outside businesses or to grow personal and professional networks.

The 2° edition of Green Endurance, the Energy Saving Italian Championship has started.

The ecologic rally, organized since 2005 is held on September 22nd, 2019 in San Marino. This rally was created from an idea of the sports company San Marino Racing Organization.

In the heart of the Motor Valley

From May 22nd to 26th, the Bologna Exhibition Center will host the 28th edition of Autopromotec, the international biennial exposition of automotive equipment and aftermarket.

On May 15th and 16th, the “Mostra d’Oltremare” of Naples hosts the international appointment ConferenzaGNL®, the Conference of Small Scale LNG Use, Euro-Mediterranean Conference & Expo.

The two Hyundai i30 N TCR teams and the respective driver line-up were announced at the BRC Racing Team headquarters in Cherasco for the 2019 edition of the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR 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.

Dafi and the National Energetic Strategy are planning, that before year 2030, there will be 2,400 methane fuel gas stations and at least 800 LNG stations.

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.

November 17th is the World Remembrance Day to Road Victims, a day celebrated each year in a larger number of countries.

The Justice of Peace in Porretta Terme (BO) ruled that the 5% tolerance for speed cameras can not be extended to tutors to which it applies a greater level of tolerance, equal to 15%.