“The problem isn’t just gas-fueled cars but car-fueled lives”

Changing the fuel won’t solve the bigger problems of our addiction to cars:  their resource-intensiveness; their destruction of community; the sacrifice of our real future for manufacturer’s promises that there’ll be a better tomorrow if we just let them get away with a worse today; the highway carnage…. Farhad Manjoo discusses in an opinion piece … Continue reading “The problem isn’t just gas-fueled cars but car-fueled lives”

Automakers recognise the future importance of electrification but still need to increase fuel efficiency

Though EVs are important, it’s emissions from the entire automobile fleet – meaning vehicles of all types and sizes – that ultimately matter for climate. John DeCicco, Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan argues in an article on The Conversation website about the need to continue increasing fuel efficiency.   To make the … Continue reading Automakers recognise the future importance of electrification but still need to increase fuel efficiency

GM’s electric car goal blindsides rivals

Every carmaker is trying to figure out how to make the leap before governments force it and Tesla and other start-ups lure away drivers. Now Neal E. Boudette and Coral Davenport write on the New  York Times about the news that GM is making the transition to electric vehicles and shaking up the car industry. … Continue reading GM’s electric car goal blindsides rivals

Is the train era in Europe starting a new carbon neutral chapter?

A joint report from environmental organisations in Germany, Poland, Spain and France, and financed by the German environment ministry, says direct connections between capitals such as Paris and Berlin could make a major contribution to reducing carbon emissions. The study notes that a flight from Paris to Berlin causes at least six times the CO2 … Continue reading Is the train era in Europe starting a new carbon neutral chapter?

The advantages of e-bikes

There is an increasing move towards more sustainable mobility through walking and cycling. However, there are many who may not feel fit enough to cycle. The electric bike may be the right solution. Ashley Cooper, Angie Page and Jessica E Bourne from the University of Bristol write on The Conversation website about the advantages of … Continue reading The advantages of e-bikes

New EEA data available from on GHG emissions from transport fuels

Achieving the 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport fuels remains problematic for most European Union Member States according to the latest reported data up to 2018 released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) this week.   Still insufficient progress in making transport fuels more climate friendly, latest EEA data show The … Continue reading New EEA data available from on GHG emissions from transport fuels

New algorithm to improve energy performance can be integrated into any vehicle type – whether a gas vehicle, an e-vehicle, a compact car, or a truck

James Billington writes on the electric & hybrid vehicle technology international website about a new algorithm developed by FEV, a globally leading service provider which is cost efficient and flexible for many vehicle types.   New algorithm provides EVs with more accurate range and energy-saving routes Vehicle weight is a crucial factor when it comes … Continue reading New algorithm to improve energy performance can be integrated into any vehicle type – whether a gas vehicle, an e-vehicle, a compact car, or a truck

Trend toward SUVs making it harder to meet climate change targets

This trend towards larger vehicles is happening throughout Europe. Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) accounted for 42 per cent of car sales in 2019 in the UK – up from 23 per cent in 2015 and 10 per cent in 2010. While there is an impact on energy consumption and emissions, there is also an impact … Continue reading Trend toward SUVs making it harder to meet climate change targets

California taking major steps to curb emissions from trucks

California recently adopted a landmark rule requiring more than half of all trucks sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2035. Hiroko Tabuchi discusses latest developments on the New York Times website.   New Rule in California Will Require Zero-Emissions Trucks Rebuffing strong opposition from industry, California on June 25th adopted a landmark rule … Continue reading California taking major steps to curb emissions from trucks

New EEA briefing on CO2 emissions from new passenger cars in 2019

According to provisional data, published this week by the European Environment Agency (EEA), average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new passenger cars registered in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom (UK), increased in 2019, for the third consecutive year. The average CO2 emissions from new vans also increased slightly. Zero- and … Continue reading New EEA briefing on CO2 emissions from new passenger cars in 2019