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

EVs cleaner than petrol or diesel cars, even when the electricity comes from coal

EVs emit less lifetime CO2 than cars with internal combustion engines, even in countries reliant on coal for electricity generation Electric vehicles (EVs) are better for the environment than internal combustion engine (ICE) models even when charged up with electricity generated by coal-fired power stations, according to new research. Data from BloombergNEF (BNEF) shows CO2

Was 2018 the peak for internal-combustion car sales?

Electric-car sales are growing. Total car sales around the world are shrinking. Put the two together, and the conclusion from many analysts is that sales of cars powered by internal combustion engines around the world have already peaked. From 2019 onward, they’re likely to do nothing but shrink, according to several automotive analysts interviewed in

Millions could miss out on benefits of electric vehicles

Millions of people could miss out on the environmental and financial benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), according to a new report. The report by the think tank Localis warns poorer parts of the country could get left behind unless local authorities are given to power to draw up their own ‘smart city’ plans and energy

Diesel MoT failures quadruple under new emissions test rules

Tougher MoT test sees almost 750,000 cars fail for substandard emissions; failure rate for diesel cars shoots up more than fourfold More than four times as many diesel cars have failed their MoT test for substandard emissions since tough new test criteria were introduced in May this year. Some 58,004 diesels failed the emission portion

Electric vehicles are going to render the fight over fuel economy standards moot

The auto industry is headed for revolution, Trump notwithstanding. Though it may seem like several dozen scandals ago, the Trump administration is just now finalizing plans to freeze national fuel-economy standards in place, rather than steadily increasing them as Obama planned. This is a terrible idea, for reasons I have detailed at length — it

Electric vehicles will be allowed to drive at higher speed limits than gas cars, says Austrian government

A new initiative from the Austrian government is set to reward electric car owners with a unique incentive. On October 25, the Austrian ministerial cabinet announced that it would be adjusting the speed restrictions for electric vehicles traveling in the country’s IG-L-Hundred zone, which covers a total area of 440 kilometers (273 miles). With the

Diesel and petrol ban should come much faster, say MPs

A ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars should be brought forward by eight years to 2032, MPs have said. The government’s current plans to ensure all new cars are “effectively zero emission” by 2040 were “vague and unambitious”, a report by Parliament’s business select committee said. It also criticised cuts to subsidies