Browsing the "European Union" Tag

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EU Mandates Electric Car Chargers In All New Homes By 2019

Sometimes, progress comes in baby steps, tiny improvements that move a whole series of events forward. The European Union has just approved regulations requiring that an electric car charger be included in every new and renovated home and all apartment buildings starting in 2019. Why is that important? Because charging infrastructure is vital to convincing […]

October 13th

Everybody Cheats On Diesel Emissions Tests

Volkswagen has taken its lumps over the past year. Last September, the International Council on Clean Transportation, after independent emissions tests, was the first to claim Volkswagen diesel emissions — especially NOx — were many times greater than advertised. Instead of being the prince of clean diesel technology, it became the dark knight of dirty diesel […]

September 11th

Life After Brexit: What Happens Now?

Half the cars sold in England each year are manufactured in Europe. Two thirds of the cars manufactured in England each year are exported. Now England says it doesn’t want to be part of the EU any more. What happens next?

June 24th

Ford Exec Says Regulations Could Make Future Cars Too Expensive

Jim Farley, who is the head of European operations at Ford, says that the regulations imposed by the European Union on vehicle emissions will make future cars so expensive that ordinary people will no longer be able to afford them. The car business will become an “elitist industry,” Farley tells the Financial Times (subscription required).

June 9th

Higher MPG, Higher Sticker Price – Peugeot 508 RXH

Peugeot’s flagship car, the 508 RXH, goes on sale in just a couple of months. Bare weeks before the car shows up at dealerships, Peugeot has finally announced the price. It’s not exactly pretty – 41,900 Euros (that’s $55,000 USD), a 9,000 Euro price difference from the comparable gasoline-powered 508 SW. The upside to the […]

February 6th

More Mias on the Road in Europe

Size doesn’t matter – at least, not when it comes to beauty and charm. The mia, a microvan produced in France, is the embodiment of practical and cute wrapped up in a tiny package. How Much Car Is Enough? The mia rolls off the line in Cerizay on 14” electric wheels, to the tune of […]

February 5th

Worst Idea Ever: Tiny Nuke Reactor in Your Back Yard (video)

These are not good days to be in the nuclear reactor business. The reactors at Japan’s earthquake-battered Fukushima plant continue to pump incalculable amounts of radiation into the air and ocean, causing radioactive rain to fall on North American soil.  The member nations of the European Union are acting to distance their people from nuclear […]

August 20th

EU Automakers Build Green Cars, Win Prizes (sorta)

  The EU Commission is pressuring the automotive industry to develop more environmentally friendly cars, with Brussels even instituting an award system. The EU is already offering credit for investments, to encourage auto makers to reduce the amount of climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in new cars, Brussels authorities revealed last Monday.  According to current […]

July 30th