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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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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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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Electric Dreams Come True

Wilmington Academy

We featured a story a few weeks ago about the Wilmington Academy’s struggle to find a sponsor for their stint at the annual Greenpower competition. We’ve got some good news to share and thanks to say. The companies that are sponsoring the project are: YZL Education Consultancy, Toyota Jemca and Nextgreencar.com.

Thanks to their support the pupils were able to go and compete at the Silverston. Although it was (officially) the wettest day of the year, everyone had a great time.

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Downloadable Engine Noise for Electric Cars

Car Horn
Beep Beep!

A loud roaring engine noise is part of the fun for many car drivers. Too bad that electric vehicles have silent engines. But industry experts have a solution for all fans of eco-friendly yet noisy motors: downloadable engine sounds for electric cars.

Just like downloading ringtones on mobile phones, electric vehicle owners could soon be able to download artificial noises for their

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Electric Car’s Worst Enemy: Rust

Nickel Cobalt Manganese Battery
Nickel Cobalt Manganese Battery
Electric Car Battery

The high purchase price is often cited as one of the reasons why electric cars don’t take off on the market. Indeed, the batteries make up most of the costs and researchers are working hard on developing cheaper versions. However, now it seems that the worst enemy of progress is a common known little annoyance: rust.

Corrosion, a form of rust, is a big reason why it’s so difficult to increase range and longevity while cutting costs, said Erik Spek, chief engineer at German technical service company TÜV SÜD. Spek and his team are testing battery cells under normal and extreme conditions trying to mimic a decade of use in a year or two.

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An Opportunity to Sponsor Young Engineers

Greenpower Competition
Greenpower Competition

The annual Greenpower competition is just a couple of weeks away but Wilmington Academy’s participation is under a big question mark. Their sponsor has withdrawn with less than a month to go… good timing, I know.

That’s why we’re urgently looking for new sponsors. It’s not a lot of money, they only need to raise around £1500, however, even a couple of hundred pounds would make a massive difference. Do you know somebody who could? If not, please just tweet this or share it via Facebook.

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