New Zealand plans BEV subsidies & CO2 tariffs
New Zealand’s government wants to make imported electric and hybrid vehicles cheaper by up to 8,000 NZ dollars from 2021 onwards through discounts. But a classic sales premium will not be the end of the story: Import cars with high CO2 emissions are to become significantly more expensive. Weiterlesen
Japan tightens CO2 vehicle standards for 2030
The Japanese government has set new standards for the fleet consumption of car manufacturers until 2030. Car manufacturers must reduce the consumption and thus the CO2 emissions of their vehicles sold by 32 per cent by 2030 compared to 2016 – to an average of around 3.9 litres of gasoline per 100 kilometres. Weiterlesen
Audi expands electrification plans to 20 BEV by 2025
Audi has refined its electrification roadmap: After the Ingolstadt-based company had already increased its announcement in March from 20 to 30 electrified models by 2025, Audi has now announced that two-thirds of these 30 electrified models will be fully electric. Weiterlesen
Daimler Ambition 2039: a CO2-neutral fleet line-up
The future Chairman of Daimler’s Board of Management, Ola Källenius, presented his sustainability targets for the passenger car sector under the heading “Ambition 2039”. During the next 20 years, the new range of Mercedes-Benz Cars is to become completely CO2-neutral. Weiterlesen
The Norway factor in CO2 emissions
Despite Norway not being a part of the European Union, they will be included in the overall CO2 emissions figures with their European neighbours. And not only that, electric vehicles sold in Norway count twice when it comes to fleet emissions. Weiterlesen
New EU laws make Volkswagen ramp up on EVs
In the light of new EU laws on CO2 emissions for passenger cars, Volkswagen has had to rethink its electrification policy and produce more EVs than planned. This means more EV models and more manufacturing plants. Weiterlesen
Finnish Task Force calls for fuel tax + EV incentives
The Finnish Ministry of Transport had asked a Task Force to analyse how the country may reach its goal to eliminate CO2 emissions in the transport sector by 2045. Their final report is out and proposes a range of measures that alternate between the carrot and the stick. Weiterlesen
EU fails to agree on emissions targets for new cars
The European Parliament, the EU Commission and the member states led by the Austrian Council Presidency have postponed their talks in the dispute over stricter climate protection targets for new cars in the EU. So far they have not been able to reach an agreement. Weiterlesen
EU Parliament agrees on CO2 reduction targets for trucks
The EU Parliament has voted in favour of binding CO2 limits for trucks. In their resolution, parliamentarians decided on stronger reduction targets than those proposed by the EU Commission. Parliament wants CO2 reduction targets for trucks with a 20 percent reduction by 2025 and 35 percent by 2030. Weiterlesen
EU member states toughen CO2 emission stance – a bit
35 percent – this is the value the ministers of the 28 EU member states managed to agree on during their long hours of negotiating limits of carbon dioxide emissions of new cars. The measure will only come into effect by 2030 and still has to pass Parliament. Weiterlesen
Iceland launches ambitious Climate Strategy
The Icelandic government has launched its new Climate Strategy today aiming for the country to be carbon neutral before 2040. The plan includes 34 measures ranging from a ban on new sales of ICEs by 2030 and the decarbonisation of transport to carbon-curbing measures such as reforestation. Weiterlesen
France sharpening emissions law
France has announced sharper regulations for the ecological tax, and will lower the threshold for acceptable emissions. The previous 120 grams/km will now be lowered to 117 grams per kilometre, starting in 2019. Weiterlesen
Ikea to deliver emissions-free as of 2025
The Swedish furniture manufacturer has announced ambitious goals for their sustainability strategy for 2030. The goal is to electrify 25% of deliveries by 2020, and to completely electrify the delivery fleet by 2025. Weiterlesen
EU pushes to cut CO2 emission from trucks by 30%
The call to cut CO2 emissions continues with the EU now explicitly targeting trucks for the first time. Greenhouse gas emission by transport’s heavy weights is to be reduced by 30 percent by 2030, a draft states that will be out for review this Thursday. Weiterlesen
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CO2 comparison: Transport and Environment has analysed average new car emissions in European countries. The Netherlands is the first country to bring CO2 emissions below 110 g/km and its average of 109,1 g/km is the lowest in the EU. Germany’s 136,1 g/km places it among the highest carbon emitters together with Sweden, Poland and Finland. The report further found that taxation if differentiated by CO2 makes a huge difference.
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Electric rickshaws for India: Japanese Terra Motors presents its electric three-wheeler R6 set to launch in India from 2015. Another two versions are to follow and Terra Motors believes it could sell up to 10,000 electric rickshaws in the first year already.
Spyker bankrupt: A Dutch court spoke its final verdict and sent the sports carmaker into bankruptcy. However, Spyker is determined to stick to its restructuring plan and to merge with an American electric aircraft manufacturer and develop electric sports cars (we reported).
Iranian-Chinese e-bus cooperation? Akia Ultra, Iran’s largest bus maker, plans to visit Chinese BYD next month to talk about a possible partnership for electric buses. While BYD is looking to increase its business to meet growing demand, Akia Ultra offers production capabilities for 1,500 buses annually.
Tesla to sell in Indonesia: The Model S could become available in the archipelago by January 2015. It would be sold through an existing luxury car dealership rather than Tesla Stores as demand is expected to be low initially.