EU: New Car Emissions to be Cut by 30%

Tailpipe Emissions
Tailpipe Emissions
Tailpipe Emissions

From 2020, European car manufacturers have to cut carbon dioxide emissions of new cars and vans by one third, according to an EU proposal.

The average emissions from new cars will have to be no more than 95g of CO2 per kilometre, representing a cut of more than 40g of what vehicles are allowed to emit today. It is also a 35g/km reduction from the 2015 target, if the proposed new regulations are accepted by the member states. With cost to charge electric cars going down, it’s no wonder electrification of personal transport is already happening.

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EU Forecast of increased Electric Cars Sales Questioned

Volvo V60 Hybrid

The European Commission predicts increased sales in electric cars in a study for eco-friendly transportation. But Volvo challenges the forecast saying it’s too optimistic and unrealistic.

In an effort to build a single European transport area, the EU has drafted a white paper “that will increase mobility, remove barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment”. At the same time, the initiative will reduce Europe’s dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport to 60% by 2050.

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A Chance to Invest in Fuel Cell Technology

H2GOElectric Hydrogen Generator for Fuel Cell

Hydrogen is one of the cleanest fuels on earth. The easiest and safest way to apply hydrogen energy to motoring is to switch to fuel cell cars. Although Mercedes-Benz and some other mainstream manufacturers have intended to put fuel cell cars on the roads by 2015, the question is – where will the hydrogen come from?

It appears that a British company H2GOElectric Ltd has an answer; and you too can now take part by considering investing in this venture. They have developed a range of electrolytic hydrogen generators both for home and fleet use. The H2GOElectric generator makes pressurised hydrogen from

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New Electric Car Battery Cell Simulation Technology

Battery
Battery

Most electric cars have a range of between 80 and 90 miles, some even 120 miles like the E-Cell A-Class, one of the new Mercedes cars, which is enough to do the shopping or to commute to work. However, day trips or vacations with a plug-in car are out of question unless you plan a six-hour stop every 100 miles to recharge the car. While electric vehicles do serve their purpose as clean, environmentally friendly city cars, they fall short as an all-round car.

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Two electric car concepts at Mercedes

Mercedes F Cell

As CO2 measurements get tougher and calls for green vehicles get louder, Mercedes-Benz has developed two new concepts for electric cars. The first one are the battery-powered E-Cell models and the second one the hydrogen-powered F-Cell hybrid models. Not only is the technology of the two concepts different but also their purpose on the streets. While the E-Cell range is designed for short distances, the F-Cell hybrid cars can go much further.

Mercedes F Cell
Mercedes F Cell

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Electric Car Race Across the Alps

In order to celebrate electric cars, demonstrate their efficiency and the fun of zero-emission driving, dozens of drivers in plug-in vehicles have taken to the Alps for the e-miglia electric car rally 2012. For the third year in a row, electric cars race through four Alpine countries driving more than 500 miles in four days.

What began as a small rally with few participants in 2010, turned into one of the biggest electric car events in Europe. This year, most popular car brands are represented in the race.

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Electric Vehicles at the Olympics

With the Olympics only days away, Olympic-branded vehicles have begun appearing on the capital’s streets. Rather than investing only in new trucks and cars, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has decided to emphasize the sustainability focus of the games by including electric vehicles in the official Olympic and Paralympic fleet.

BMW London

This environmentally-focussed decision is good for Londoners, Olympians, and Olympic guests.

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English Cities Going Green

car2go
Car2go

Residents in some English cities will soon be able to zip around town in stylish and environmentally-friendly Smart Fortwo micro-hybrid cars, thanks to a new mobility scheme.

For instance, Car2Go is busily preparing to launch the Birmingham branch of their popular pay-as-you-go car rental service. A fleet of 250 smart cars will be stationed across the city, ready to be taken on long and short journeys by members of the programme.

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Revenge of the Electric Car in Cinemas this Month

You may remember the controversial documentary Who Killed the Electric Car created by Chris Paine. The film explored how manufacturers, oil industry and governments hindered the development of electric cars.

Revenge of the Electric Car

Well, Chris Paine is back with a sequel and this time it seems to be good news because since 2006, when the previous film was released, the green car technology has made a significant leap forward. Revenge of the Electric Car shows the

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Pace versus Space: BMW and Mercedes Hybrids

BMW ActiveHybrid 5
BMW ActiveHybrid 5
New mid-size hybrid cars from BMW and Mercedes take very different approaches to getting the best from an electric motor’s assistance

They may be arch rivals, but German prestige brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz see the world rather differently. For evidence, look no further than the pair of mid-size hybrid cars that will be offered by the two manufacturers this year.

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Hydrogen Technology on the Rise

H2GOElectric Hydrogen Generator
H2GOElectric Hydrogen Generator
H2GOElectric Hydrogen Generator

In the modern society we live in, everything is oriented toward preserving the environment. Most car manufacturers are moving towards hydrogen as it is one of the cleanest fuels in the world. Also, the manufacturers have realized that gas prices are hiking year after year and are thus looking for a solution to this problem in every direction.

Mercedes-Benz is setting the pace for other car manufacturers in using hydrogen as a main source of fuel. The manufacturers of

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