“We might envisage days without cars more often … perhaps even once a month.”
Following a car-free day in Paris that resulted in a dramatic drop in both air and noise pollution, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is more than willing to repeat the experience on a regular basis. Paris will host the COP21 at the end of November.
“The Phase 2 proposal lacks sufficient stringency to drive market development of battery electric or fuel cell electric technologies. The proposal assumes only a modest level of hybrid technology and no use of battery electric and fuel cell electric technology.”
Hidalgo is joined in the fight against toxins by Mary Nichols. As Chair of the California Air Resources Board, she is urging EPA to introduce lower NOx standards than suggested to further foster electrification.
“All planned investments are currently under scrutiny. Everything that is not absolutely necessary will be scrapped or delayed.”
This is what Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller told 20,000 employees as the company is faced with uncertainty regarding the consequences of “dieselgate”. One can only hope that his austerity measure will not include investments in electric car innovations.
spiegel.de (in German)
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