Evian has modernized its factory in the French Alps to a carbon-neutral bottling site that includes numerous automated manufacturing features. The mineral water company avoided layoffs by instituting a multimillion-dollar employee retraining program designed to retain workers by upgrading their skills.
Following a 12-year split, Ford Motor and India-based Mahindra & Mahindra have reached a three-year agreement to explore the production and distribution of electric and connected cars in India. The announcement is the most significant for Ford in the four months since Jim Hackett replaced Mark Fields as its CEO, write Keith Naughton, P R Sanjai and Siddharth Vikram Philip.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has decided to reinstate tolls across the state Thursday, but one stretch of the Turnpike leading to the heavily damaged Florida Keys will remain toll-free. Tolls were suspended two weeks ago as Hurricane Irma approached Florida.
Emanuela Stocchi, International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association president, is scheduled to speak Sept. 21 at a European Traffic Police Network event in Rome. Marking a new event called EDWARD, European Day Without A Road Death, Stocchi will speak about "the most deeply-held, shared commitment that draws our industry together."
Taiwan-based Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. has developed a toll collection system that improves safety and reduces congestion, and for that, the company received the Private Sector Excellence Award at a World Information Technology And Services Alliance ceremony. The company recently won a contract to serve as a consultant for an electronic system being installed in Malaysia.
SH 130 Concession Co. recently took control of the Texas 130 highway after the road fell into bankruptcy, and the company is planning on a road maintenance project to "fix pavement problems and improve the ride quality along the roadway." The yearlong project will not require that the road be closed; it is expected to cost $60 million.
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology was installed in three semitrucks, and the technology was used to test platooning, where the trucks travel close to each other. The test took place on Interstate 66 in Virginia, and the goal is to improve safety and efficiency.
Writer Liam Denning notes that people want more choices in the type of energy they purchase, and that is reflected in the rise of the electric vehicle. He argues that there is not much difference in greenhouse gases created by standard versus electric vehicles but that consumers have shown that they want options.
A government official in India has said he might look to take the National Highways Authority public to raise funds. The Cochin Shipyard recently had a successful public offering, and the road agency could follow that model.
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