Volkswagen refuses to commit to 2030 ICE phase out
Volkswagen is the third car manufacturer to defend itself against the demand of environmental associations for a forced phase-out of internal combustion engines by 2030. “Volkswagen will not issue the cease-and-desist declaration you demand,” reads a letter from Volkswagen to Greenpeace.
Greenpeace misses its target
Shortly before the kickoff of the European soccer championship match between Germany and France on Tuesday, a Greenpeace paraglider had to make an emergency landing in the stadium injuring two people. Greenpeace has issued an apology.
Greenpeace have their eyes trained on Volkswagen
The Greenpeace vs Volkswagen saga continues as the NGO finds the Group has registered a “disproportionately high number” of new electrified cars to themselves and their dealers when compared to ICE, allegedly to avoid fines. Volkswagen reacts rather dryly.
EU Commission wants to tighten car CO2 limits
The EU Commission apparently wants to tighten the CO2 limits for cars again. A media report, citing an internal paper, writes that new cars are to emit an average of 50 per cent less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2021. The current official target is set at 37.5 per cent less CO2.
First electric long distance bus in Germany
FlixBus has introduced the first fully electric bus running the long-distance in Germany. Starting this Thursday it serves four times a day between between Frankfurt and Mannheim, including stops at Frankfurt Airport and Heidelberg.
Greenpeace activist have boarded a ship carrying Volkswagen diesel vehicles in an attempt to stop them from being delivered to the UK. The block failed, but the Rainbow Warriors managed to call on Volkswagen to go fully electric. VW pointed out that there were 37 PHEV aboard the ship, so we took this occasion to reminisce on Greenpeace’s Dark side campaign back in 2011 and found a somewhat sexy sequel.
telegraph.co.uk (the ship), vimeo.com (Dark Side sequel)
Price parity, Greenpeace.
Research tip: Price parity for electric and petrol cars over a four-year running period may be reached by 2024, the European Consumer Organisation, BEUC finds. The organisation also sees it likely for EVs to become even cheaper to run than gas guzzlers.
beuc.eu, beuc.eu (report as pdf)
Your signature could help to decrease air pollution in the United Kingdom, where a Greenpeace petition asks prime minister Theresa May to ban sales of new diesel cars. 55,985 people had signed at the time of writing.
petition via greenpeace.org.uk
Greenpeace, Formula E.
Study tip: The investment necessary to move toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 would be more than covered by future savings in fuel costs, according to a new study conducted by Greenpeace and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). “The Energy [R]evolution scenario 2015” also says that a total of 17.5m jobs in the solar and wind power industry could be created by 2030.
greenpeace.org (summary), greenpeace.org (study as PDF)
Video tip: Formula E has released a video of the best onboard footage from its first season including lots of overtaking manoeuvres and crashes. Enjoy pure EV racing from a driver’s point of view!