Austria considers combustion ban for 2030
In Austria, only zero-emission passenger cars, two-wheelers, light commercial vehicles and heavier commercial vehicles are to be newly registered by 2030 at the latest. This is one of the ‘Mobility Master Plan 2030’ measures now presented by Infrastructure Minister Leonore Gewessler. However, the plan is not binding.
EU Commission presents ‘Fit for 55’ climate package
The EU Commission has presented its ‘Fit for 55’ climate package. It contains legislative initiatives with which the Commission wants to achieve the goals of the ‘Green Deal’. An important point for the car industry: CO2 emissions from new cars are to be reduced to zero by 2035, which would mean the end of petrol […]
Daimler set to bring fossil fuel exit forward
Daimler is apparently preparing for a possible earlier end to gasoline and diesel engines in Europe. Now that it seems most likely the EU Commission will significantly tighten CO2 targets, CEO Ola Källenius wants to further accelerate the electrification of the Mercedes model range.
Will the EU set CO2 reduction targets at 60% by 2030?
The EU Commission is planning stricter targets for CO2 emissions from new cars as it considers raising the current CO2 reduction target for 2030 from 37.5 to 60 per cent, while the target for 2035 is to go up to 100%. This would effectively end the sales of ICE vehicles within 14 years.
Could EU law cut national bans of ICE vehicles?
National bans on sales of cars with internal combustion engines may not be implementable under European law and would instead have to be introduced at the European level. This is at least the view of a legal opinion commissioned by the Climate Neutrality Foundation in Germany.
IEA recommends 60% vehicle electrification by 2030
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has presented a step-by-step plan on how the world may achieve net CO2 neutrality by 2050. According to the IEA, the climate protection pledges made by governments to date – even if they would fully achieve them – fall far short of the requirements necessary for this.
Australia is digging in with fossil fuels
Despite Australian oil refineries struggling to keep up with cheaper production from neighboring countries, Australia’s government is announcing a $2.3 billion subsidy package to support the country’s oil refineries. The funding would subsidize the oil industry when profits fall too low.
Daimler to move-up combustion vehicle phase-out?
Daimler has famously set itself the goal of achieving a CO2-free fleet by 2039. Now, the company is considering an early end to the combustion engine. In an interview, Daimler CEO Ola Källenius already hinted that the interim targets for electric vehicles could be revised upwards.
Audi announces end of combustion A4, A6 & A8 models
Audi is giving its A4 and A6 models an end date as combustion engines. The same is said to apply to the A8. Even in plug-in hybrids Audi apparently no longer wants to invest heavily. These decisions are likely to be the cornerstones of the exit plan from the internal combustion engine drawn up under […]
Denmark ups taxes for ICEs and incentives for EVs
The Danish parliament has passed a tax plan that should help bring at least 775,000 electric and hybrid cars onto the road by 2030. The plan envisions a gradual increase in taxes and charges for cars with a combustion engine and lower taxes for electric cars and charging.
UK bans sale of pure combustion engines from 2030
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made it official: the government will bring forward the ban on the sale of cars with combustion engines by five years to 2030. This measure is part of a new ten-point plan for a “green industrial revolution”.
How cool is that?!
A Canadian company came up with the coolest test ever to show that their car batteries can withstand minus 40 °F (-40 °C) – easily. So they not only froze the battery but put it into a truck made out of ice. Question is: how chilled is the driver of this icy vehicle?!