Category: 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum
Pete Selleck, Michelin, on the reduction of raw materials

Berlin, Germany – Pete Selleck, 55, has been with Michelin for 29 years. He has served as president of Michelin’s global Truck Tire business since January 2006. Pete Selleck will return to Greenville, S.C., from Michelin’s global headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France, to become Michelin’s North America Chairman. I met up with Selleck at the 2011 [...]

GKN, Bosch & Peugeot’s diesel hybrid, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

Olivier Emily, Electric/hybrid engineer for GKN’s global program talked with Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum. Emily showed Hammond the engine, and the way it works. According to Peugeot 300 units of the first Full Hybrid diesel, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, were snapped up in just 9 days. The car was [...]

Pete Selleck, Michelin X-one tires at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum

Berlin, Germany – Pete Selleck, 55, has been with Michelin for 29 years. He has served as president of Michelin’s global Truck Tire business since January 2006. In this role, Selleck implemented the Michelin Durable Technologies innovation program, including the rollout of the X-One tires in North America. At the 2011 Challenge Bibendum Selleck talked [...]

Audi’s CO2 to Natural gas at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum

Berlin, Germany – 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendu. Reinhard Otten, Concept Development for Audi AG talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Audi’s CO2 to Natural gas at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum. Audi’s intention is to make synthetic natural gas out of CO2 from biogas. But I asked Otten about using CO2 from coal, instead [...]

Michelin’s active wheel at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum

Pierre Varenne is the Managing director of innovation for research and development for Michelin in Switzerland. At the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum Varenne is showing off the active wheel, a new wheel for an electric car. The evolution of the electric car can be seen in the design of the wheel. In Michelin’s active wheel [...]

Mark Williams, Shell Oil Co., on Shell’s alternative energies

Berlin, Germany – Mark Williams is the Director of Shell’s Global downstream business. Williams hosted a briefing at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum. I talked to Williams about their involvement in Iogen, a cellulosic ethanol, carbon capture storage and CO2 by-products, Gas-to-liquids (GTL) and Shell’s involvement with Brazil’s Cosan. Loading the player… jwplayer(“myElement”).setup({ file: “http://www.drivingthenation.com/video/2011_mcb_shell1.mp4″, image: [...]

Mark Williams, Shell Oil Co., on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Berlin, Germany – Mark Williams is the Director of Shell’s Global downstream business. Williams hosted a briefing at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum. I asked Williams which alternative energy Shell was having the hardest time mastering. His answer didn’t surprise me, carbon capture and storage (CCS). CCS is a process that captures CO2 at its source, [...]

A foldable electric bicycle at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum

Berlin, Germany – There have always been electric bikes at the Challenge Bibendum. This year there was one bicycle that captured my eye. It was Daz Konzept Michelin Elektro-Fahrrad, the concept Michelin Electric bicycle. Yann de Parscau, Marketing and Business Analyst for Michelin Lifestyle, showed us the bike. It’s a prototype for the urban area [...]

Volvo electric vehicles at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum

Berlin, Germany – Paul Gustavsson,Senior Vice President of Business Development for Volvo Cars Corporation talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com at the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum. From Volvo’s press release: First official Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid test drive in Berlin – advanced technology – combined with luxury design from Volvo Car Corporation The first [...]

Christophe Deville, Renault EVs at the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum

Christophe Deville is the Manager of Communications for Renault. Deville talked about the difference in charging times between Europe and the United States. What does Renault have coming out by the end of 2012? Renault Fluence Z.E. wins the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, Germany from the Renault press release: The Renault Fluence Z.E [...]