EU Toughens CO2 Limits for Cars in Bid to Spur Electric Vehicles

New caps clear last political hurdle with EU Parliament vote Reductions of 15% in 2025, 37.5% in 2030 versus 2021 limit The European Union tightened caps on carbon dioxide from cars in a bid to accelerate the development of electric vehicles. The European Parliament set a 37.5 percent CO2-reduction target for 2030 compared with the

Volkswagen e-Up charging outside the Experience Centre (Image: T. Larkum)

VW threatens to exit important automaker lobbying group over electric vehicle policies

Volkswagen is amongst the legacy automakers now most invested in electric vehicles and they now threaten to exit an important automaker lobbying group over their policies regarding electric vehicles. Automakers have promoted policies to slow down the adoption of electric vehicles through lobbying groups for years. Most recently, automakers associations have pushed against efforts to

The Electric Car, Technological Disruption, and Climate Change

The key ingredients for decarbonization of the American economy are renewable energy and the electric car. Most of America’s use of fossil fuels is in transportation. According to the U.S. EPA: “The transportation sector generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation primarily come from burning fossil fuel for our

New Green NCAP highlights real-world emissions performance

Safety rating organisation Euro NCAP has launched a new green car assessment programme called Green NCAP in conjunction with European Governments, motoring clubs and other organisations. It aims to promote cars that are less polluting and more fuel- and energy-efficient by providing consumers with independent information about cars’ performance in tests that go well beyond

While the World Goes Electric, Some Germans Desperately Fight for their Diesel

Germany is divided about the future of its most important industry: while some automakers pursue electric vehicles, a noisy group of diesel-energy enthusiasts are expressing their frustration through protests. These have gone on every weekend so far this year, since the first on January 11th. The first protest took place in Stuttgart — the hometown

VW e-Golf (Image: Volkswagen.co.uk)

Volkswagen is pushing for CO2 neutral production of electric cars

The Volkswagen group is doing a 180-degree turn from their emission cheating days to pushing for CO2 neutral production of electric cars. In a new presentation, VW shows how the I.D., its first next-generation electric vehicle, will be “CO2 neutral throughout the entire life cycle if the customer consistently charges with green power.” They want

Putting Electric Vehicles on the Fast Track

Three years ago, the world’s largest car manufacturer made global headlines for deliberately evading emissions standards. The Volkswagen Group spiraled into an unmitigated public relations crisis—now known as Dieselgate—once it became apparent that the company installed “defeat devices” in 11 million vehicles between 2009 and 2015. Those devices enabled VWs to pass emissions tests while