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.
Biden announces tougher emissions standards
With the inauguration of Joe Biden, the USA is also facing a new chapter in transport policy. This not only pertains to the exhaust regulations changed by the Trump administration, but also various subsidies for electric mobility.
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”.
Study shows that light weight does not benefit EVs
In contrast to vehicles with combustion engines, lightweight construction in electric vehicles does not have any advantage over steel in terms of total energy and total emissions. This is the result of a research project by Manuel Schweizer, a student at the Technical University of Ingolstadt (THI).
Trump drops fuel-efficiency targets from 5% to 1.5%
The President of the USA, Donald Trump has just dramatically reduced fuel efficiency standards. These are now only required to increase by 1.5% each year through model year 2026 instead of the 5% annual increases introduced in 2012 by the Obama government.
European car lobby questions CO2 targets due to Covid-19
A coalition of European car lobby groups made up of manufacturers, suppliers, tyre manufacturers and dealers has written to the EU Commission requesting a relaxation of the schedule for vehicle CO2 targets against the background of the Corona crisis. At the same time, German manufacturers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW emphasised that they want to retain […]
The city of Brussels to ban petrol and diesel 2035
The Brussels regional government in Belgium is banning diesel vehicles from 2030 and petrol vehicles from 2035. Meanwhile, the Flemish Region of Belgium has announced that it will discontinue its subsidy programme for electric vehicles from January 2020.
Tesla drivers go too fast
Three-quarters of the 9,000 Tesla drivers in the Netherlands were fined for speeding last year, according to figures from the national statistics office CBS. No other car brand showed such a high proportion of speeders.
Denmark to ban sales on petrol and diesel cars by 2030
The announcement by the government stated that the ban will be instated by 2030 on all internal combustion engine cars, and aims to have one million EVs on Danish roads by then. The sale of hybrid vehicles may also be banned in 2035, according to prime minister Lars Rasmussen.