Many European countries are paying lip service to real world emissions testing while taking steps to make sure it never happens in order to protect local car makers. Are we shocked to learn that?
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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 […]
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 […]
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?
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).
The European parliament has passed a new law approving real world emissions testing of diesel powered vehicles. It allows manufacturers to exceed the prescribed limit for nitrous oxide emissions by a factor of two.
The European Union has revised its alternative fuel station policy for member states, and most noticeably the new rules lack guidelines for hydrogen fuel.
Despite having more 2500 charging stations on-line for active duty, it looks like CHAdeMO electric car chargers are on their way out. That is, if the rumors currently circulating about the EU’s parliamentary proceedings in re. electric cars are to be believed.
SNCF is a European train company that offers multiple rail services, including an auto train service which enables people to travel with their cars on trains. Nissan worked with them to provide Nissan Leaf owners the ability to carry their cars with them for free in France.
Nissan is now allowing its customers in Europe to purchase the 2013 Leaf without buying the batteries outright, which will make the electric car even more affordable. However, as always, there are conditions.
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 […]
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 […]
According to the EU, the top 15 automakers who reduced CO2 emissions are…
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 […]
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 […]
CNG, or compressed natural gas, is gaining traction as an alternative fuel in America, and in Germany as well, where regular people are increasingly purchasing cars powered by CNG.