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From November 3rd to 15th, the first digital edition of Ecomondo and Key Energy. From the start, the agenda is full of events and conferences in line with the philosophy of the manifestation. 

In a major step as they move towards the completion of their 50:50 merger as defined in the combination Agreement announces on 18 December 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Peugeot S.A. today announce that the corporate name of the new group will be STELLANTIS.

The New 500 made its institutional debut, firstly at the Palazzo del Quirinale, where the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles full-electric car was presented to the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, by John Elkann Chairman of FCA; by Pietro Gorlier Chief Operating Officer EMEA Region FCA; and by Olivier Francois President Fiat Brand Global. The FCA Management then traveled to Palazzo Chigi to present the New 500 to Giuseppe Conte, the Italian Prime Minister.

The decline of sales in the auto market decreases. If July had totaled 136,455 registrations, 11% less than in the same month of 2019, in August we are at 88,801, so only 0.4% less than in the same month of 2019.

According to the international consulting firm Deloitte, an analysis focused on the automotive sector would reveal a short to medium term slowdown in the global transition to electric mobility.

Restart: we are facing many problems and they add to those that there were prior to the Covid-19 emergency.

The auto market is showing a slight improvement, but we are still far from recovering, after the forced and disastrous halt imposed by the pandemic.

Energy policy. This troubled spring has anyway seen the restart of an important step for the future of alternative fuels. On April 6th, as foreseen in the Green Deal, the process for the Dafi Directive’s started, with the examination on the infrastructure for the supply of alternative fuels at European level, together with a new consultation launched by the Commission open to citizens and stakeholders.

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).

BRC (a Westport group), is an historic company that produces systems for the conversion to gas engine of vehicles.

Snam, one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in the world and Rina, a global player active in the field of testing, inspection, certification and engineering consultancy services, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

According to the Gas Decarbonisation Pathways 2020-2050 study, the introduction of a 10% share of renewable gases – bio-methane and hydrogen – in networks across Europe, together with the increase in renewable electricity, will allow to achieve climate neutrality in 2050 cutting CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030.

The green economy world has never stopped, in spite of the difficulties, even in the year of the pandemic. Confirmation arrives from Ecomondo and Key Energy, the Italian Exhibition Group expos dedicated, respectively, to the recovery of material and sustainable development and to renewable energies, which will run from Tuesday 3rd November, until Sunday 15th November on the IEG digital platform.

The autumn edition of the Milan Monza Open-Air Motor Show this year will move to Milan form October 29th til November 1st, 2020. 

The race, scheduled for next August 1st and 2nd and organized by Cinzano Rally Team, is the first event of the Italian WRC Championship and the return of high-level competitions.

Scientists from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Knmi) used the data received from the satellite Copernicus Sentinel-5P to monitor pollution in Europe.

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).

In 2019, according to the Aci – Istat data, there were 172,183 road accidents with injuries to people in Italy a number slightly lower than in 2018 (-0.2%), with 3,173 victims (killed within 30 days of the event) and 241,384 injured (-0.6%).

The new safety technology developed by Volkswagen, the Local Hazard Warning system (also defined by the car manufacturer as Traffic Hazard Alert), has received the Advanced Award by Euro Nncap. This device allows the cars to communicate with everything around them (Car to Everyone - C2X): i. e. other vehicles, road, obstacles and objects on the roadway.

As the experimental phase is over, the Private eCall, a technological alert service to guarantee urgent medical assistance to motorists involved in road accidents, becomes a systemic project in Italy, thanks to the renewal of the current agreement between Areu and Tsp Association, an organization that brings together the main suppliers of telematic services.

Gas Cavalli, a company that operates in the LNG and bio LNG field, manages also the methane gas station of Voghera, in the county of Pavia. At the time, the LNG sold so far has a fossil origin and comes mostly from Marseilles, the loading station more convenient , and it is transported to the gas station with trucks. But soon there are some upcoming news. We are developing the first 2 storage and loading systems of liquid bio methane trailers in Italy – explains the owner, Mr. Simone Cavalli – one of the plants, to which we have supplied the design, the cryogenic tank, the valve system, the in load pump and its various types of fittings, is located in Novi Ligure. The other, which is even more interesting for us as we have followed the entire project step by step, is located in the province of Lodi. The first batch of liquid bio methane produced in Lodi will be tested for the first time in Italy in our Voghera gas station. We expect to be ready by September 2020.

On July 8th, the European Commission adopted two important strategies for the future of energy: one for the integration of the energy system and one for hydrogen. 

There is a new opportunity for eco-friendly with a low environmental impact cars lovers. 

After the premature death of Mr. Paolo Vettori, an historical protagonist in the natural gas field, Assogasmetano during the General Assembly held in Bologna this past July 1st, has nominated its new board. The President of the National Association of Methane Distributor Companies, founded in 2008 by Mr. Vettori himself, is now the Engineer Mr. Flavio Merigo. The Vice Presidents are Mrs. Costanza Zannoni and Mr. Lucio Ponsanesi. We met the new President and talked about the future association’s activities and about natural gas in general. 

Mr. Paolo Vettori, President of Assogasmetano, the national association of methane transport distribution companies, formed in August 2008, passed away on March23rd. A man who contributed to the making the history of the natural gas transport sector in Italy, where he had been active since 1973.

BRC, a leading company in the sector of LPG and CNG systems, believes that environment and to save money are the right keys to confirming the advantages of these green solutions to motorists.

In 2008, we demonstrated that it was possible to go from Italy to China using only LPG. Ten years later we decided to try something harder...the same trip but using only methane gas.

Nikolay Balandinsky and Alexandr Morozov, two intrepid Russian travelers have decided to embark on an trip that has always fascinated millions of people: a tour around the globe.

Bari is one of the 10 Italian cities – among the 50 large cities surveyed in the report on sustainable mobility by Euromobility – that never exceeded the limits imposed by the legislation on atmospheric pollution in 2014.

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