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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).

During the past August, in the Italian car market, we recorded 83.363 new car registrations, a 15,8% more compared to August 2016. We also registered an increment on alternative fueled cars.

New clean energy levers: the superheroes of the environment

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.

From August 15th, 2017 until April 18th, 2018, transportation companies that wish to buy alternative traction vehicles (CNG, LNG, hybrid and electric vehicles), trailers and semitrailers for inter-modal transportation and trailers, semitrailers or equipment for vehicles of more than 7 tonnes for ATP transport (perishable goods) could receive a special contribution from the government.

Ecogas Consortium participated in the public consultation on SEN 2017, National Energy Strategy meeting.

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).

The two main areas of interest that we receive from consumers when we asked them about the use of LPG are: car fuel (83% of the answers) and energy for the house (63%). These are the results taken from the National Union of Consumers (website) in a survey on this subject.

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.

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.

“The G7 unanimously approved the final statement on climate issues. The topics on which we have reached an agreement are sustainable finance, circular economy, resources efficiency, marine waste, and commitment to Africa…

Despite the slow improvement in air quality, air pollution especially in European urban areas is one of the main health dangers which causes illnesses and, as stated by the European Agency for the Environment, causes over 500,000 premature deaths each year.

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The ecological and economic LPG can also be used successfully on boats.

The decree approved on March 2nd called Promotion of bio-methane gas and other bio – fuels in the transportation sector was published on the Gazzetta Ufficiale n. 65 dated March 19th.

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.

As of September 1st 2017, new car models will have to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving conditions (“Real Driving Emissions” – RDE) as well as an improved laboratory test (“World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure” – WLTP) before they can be driven on European roads. Both tests will be phased in for all new cars between 2018-2019.

It is possible to change diesel vehicles into dual fuel cars. Ecomotive SolutionsHoldim Group, a company specialized in engine calibrations, has just presented the new electronic control unit d-gid Light.

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).

“Independent entrepreneurs and their future”, these few words identify the topic of the three days of Oil&nonoil-Fuel Storage and Transportation fair, from October 9th to 11th at VeronaFiere.

Circular economy and renewable energies are the focus of Ecomondo and Key Energy, two fairs which Italian Exhibition Group has organised at the Rimini Trade Center from November 6th-9th.

In Cagliari, on April 12th and 13th, the 4th Island of Energy meeting – Sardinia LNG leader in the Mediterranean area, promoted by the ConferenzaGNL and Sardinia LNG association.

Gabriele Tarquini SHOW - Winner of Race 1 and Race 3

BRC Racing Team could not hope for a better start to the season, thanks to a monumental performance by Gabriele Tarquini at the wheel of his Hyundai i30 N TCR, dominating the first round of FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR).

During the Siam, the international car exhibit of the Monaco Principality, the new Challenge Ecorally has been officially presented.

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.

In the world, millions of people die due to air pollution. In fact, 9 out of 10 people live in an area which has higher pollution levels than that recommended by the World Health Organization.

For the launch of car gas transformations
The Ecogas Consortium, which associates with about 1,000 GPL and methane car operators, (including many workshops) is committed to simplify the administrative procedures for gas-fueled vehicle testing.

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%.

On July 21th 2017, Mr. Minniti, the Internal Affairs Minister issued the “Directive to ensure co-ordinated action by police forces in order to prevent and counteract behaviors that are the main causes of road accidents”.

ZF, a German multinational company, has developed a new airbag that protects from lateral impacts.