Mar 31, 2022 - 12:10 pm
Canada sets interim emissions reduction targets
The Canadian government has presented its ‘2030 Emissions Reduction Plan’ and included several e-mobility investments. The goal announced last year of bringing forward the phase-out of internal combustion engines by five years to 2035 is confirmed and supplemented by interim targets.
Mar 29, 2022 - 11:28 am
Paris cuts down on traffic to battle air pollution
Due to high particulate matter pollution, Paris ordered extensive restrictions on car traffic on Saturday. Cars with an environmental badge number 2 and higher (Euro 4 petrol and worse, diesel with Euro 6 and worse) are no longer allowed to drive in the area inside the Paris ring road A86 – probably for a few […]
Mar 8, 2022 - 12:16 pm
London extends the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ)
London’s ultra-low emission zone will be extended to the whole of Greater London by the end of next year under plans set out by the mayor, Sadiq Khan. Khan has ruled out a proposed £3.50 boundary charge for motorists to enter Greater London, as well as a daily clean air charge, which would apply to […]
Mar 7, 2022 - 12:34 pm
Chile to ban combustion motors by 2045
The government of Chile has adopted the national strategy for electromobility. In three stages between 2035 and 2045, different classes of vehicles are to be sold only with zero-emission propulsion.
Mar 1, 2022 - 03:45 pm
Zero Emission Zone created in Oxford, UK
Oxford City Council has today launched the UK’s first ‘Zero Emission Zone’ (ZEZ), which will mean daily charges on drivers of all petrol and diesel vehicles as well as hybrid cars.
Feb 7, 2022 - 12:10 pm
EU to implement stricter hybrid vehicle regulations
The EU is apparently planning to tighten the methodology for measuring the CO2 emissions of plug-in hybrids. The revised test procedure, which is expected to be enforced from around 2025, will incorporate real-world measured fuel consumption data.
Jan 14, 2022 - 12:12 pm
EU to demand stricter CO2 standards for new cars
There are signs of a possible further tightening of the EU targets for CO2 emissions from new cars. After the EU Commission had submitted its proposals for this in July 2021, it is now the EU Parliament’s turn – and it has apparently demanded stricter interim targets until 2035.
Jan 5, 2022 - 02:52 pm
Brussels airport to electrify company fleet
Against the backdrop of new regulations in Belgium, Brussels Airport is introducing a new mobility policy to drive electrification. From the beginning of the new year, the Brussels Airport Company will only purchase electric company cars.
Jan 5, 2022 - 12:18 pm
France requires environmentally friendly advertising
Transitioning off fossil fuels in transport takes more than just switching from a combustion engine to an electric car. France is now taking a new approach to make sure that citizens are informed of their options as well as their environmental impact.
Dec 22, 2021 - 11:02 am
Czech Republic wants to keep a foot in the past
The Czech Republic’s new head of government, Petr Fiala, has announced his opposition to the EU Commission’s planned de facto ban on internal combustion vehicles from 2035. “This is unacceptable and the Czech Republic will seek allies in Europe to prevent it,” said the prime minister.
Dec 13, 2021 - 12:40 pm
Italy to ban sales of new ICEs in 2035
Italy’s government has decided to ban new passenger cars with combustion engines from 2035 in line with the EU Commission’s plans. For light commercial vehicles, this is to apply from 2040. This has now been decided by the Italian government’s Committee for the Ecological Transition (CITE).
Dec 10, 2021 - 02:43 pm
Three Chinese manufacturers join VW’s CO2 pool
With Nio, Xpeng and the Geely brand Lynk & Co, three more Chinese manufacturers have joined the Volkswagen Group’s open CO2 pool in the EU for 2021 and 2022 – despite Volkswagen’s assurances that it is compliant with the required fleet target values for 2021.
Nov 25, 2021 - 03:58 pm
Germany’s new government aims for more sustainable transport
The newly-elected German federal coalition government has presented its coalition agreement. This is titled “Mehr Fortschritt Wagen” and can be translated to something like “dare to innovate” or “dare to make progress.” This, of course, has a number of ramifications for the transport industry.
Nov 16, 2021 - 11:53 am
Toyota targets children to sell hybrids
Toyota is known to be very much in favour of hybrid and fuel cell drives and rather little in favour of battery electric vehicles. Now a report has detailed how Toyota (and other Japanese manufacturers) are imposing these views on children via brochures in schools.
Nov 15, 2021 - 11:33 am
German carmakers lobby against short-term climate targets
The British think tank Influencemap found that the German auto industry is double-dealing when it comes to climate protection. While publicly supporting the Paris Agreement, such manufacturers also actively lobby against climate protection regulations.
Nov 10, 2021 - 04:21 pm
EV100 initiative gains seven new members
The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative has gained seven new members. As usual with the initiative, the members commit to completely electrifying their company fleets by 2030. The corresponding seven fleets represent over 250,000 vehicles.
Nov 8, 2021 - 12:43 pm
Ireland wants 1 million EVs on the road by 2030
The Irish government has presented a climate protection plan that also includes targets for electrification in the transport sector. A total of almost one million electric vehicles are to be on the country’s roads by 2030.
Nov 8, 2021 - 11:24 am
Greece stop fossil fuelled car sales in 2030
Greece wants to ban the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2030. This was announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. As early as 2025, all new taxis and one third of rental cars in Athens and Thessaloniki will have to be electric.
Nov 4, 2021 - 12:34 pm
Volvo reveals the CO2 footprint of the C40 Recharge
Volvo Cars published the life cycle assessment of the new Volvo C40 Recharge it makes in Belgium. One of the key findings is that even when the C40 Recharge is charged with electricity from the global energy mix, its carbon footprint, including production and recycling, is lower than that of a combustion engine.
Oct 27, 2021 - 12:07 pm
New Range Rover to drop with two PHEV variants
Land Rover has presented the fifth generation of the Range Rover. At the market launch next year, this will receive two plug-in hybrid variants with 324 and 375 kW respectively and a purely electric WLTP range of up to 100 kilometres. The manufacturer has announced a purely electric Range Rover for 2024.
Oct 1, 2021 - 01:42 pm
Tesla pushes back in the USA
Tesla is urging US President Joe Biden’s administration and a US appeals court to impose higher fines on American automakers that fail to meet fuel economy requirements for their cars.
Sep 21, 2021 - 05:13 pm
Lawsuits for German carmakers to stop polluting
The environmental organisations Environmental Action Germany (DUH) and Greenpeace have filed lawsuits against BMW, Daimler and VW in order to force the car companies to comply with climate protection targets.
Sep 6, 2021 - 04:55 pm
Hyundai to end ICE model sales in Europe by 2035
At the IAA Mobility 2021, the Hyundai Motor Company announced its voluntary commitment to become climate-neutral by 2045. In the course of this, no more combustion vehicles are to be sold in Europe from 2035, and in the remaining most important world markets from 2040.