Electrified vehicles will be a key technology for future urban commuting, improving urban air quality and reducing dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. Electro-mobility is part of the alternative fuels mix promoted in the 'Clean Power for Transport' legislative package launched by the Commission on 25 January 2013. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has gathered information on more than 320 research, development and demonstration (R,D&D) projects on electric cars, with a total budget of €1.9 billion (65% fom public funding) to assess the potential gaps in the European R,D&D landscape. While this confirms that many R,D&D activities in this field are currently performed in Europe, the JRC report states that an increased exchange of information and more coordination between projects would result in a better leverage of the investments. This report will be a significant input for the European Electromobility Observatory launched by the European Commission early this year.
Double-Win “Algal Turf Scrubbers” Help to Clean Up Baltimore Harbor and Fuel Cars
Algae absorb nutrients and produce oxygen—ecosystem services that are vital to the health of impaired water bodies like the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Energy Department-funded researchers are investigating how to mimic these natural services, while at the same time, sustainably produce biomass for conversion to renewable biofuels and bioproducts. It’s a double win for the environment! Researchers have developed algal flow-ways, or “Algal Turf Scrubbers,” to manage nutrient loading...
Germany: VW cars with suspect software in Europe too
The software at the center of Volkswagen`s emissions scandal in the U.S. was built into the automaker`s cars in Europe as well, Germany saidThursday, though it isn`t yet clear if it helped cheat tests as it did in the U.S. A day after longtime CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned over the scandal, a member of Volkswagen`s supervisory board said he expects more executives to step down. The company`s supervisory board meetsFridayand could announce new resignations then as well as a new CEO. The U.S. Environmental...
Just one in 10 new diesel cars is clean as the legal limit, report finds
Every major car manufacturer is selling diesel cars that fail to meet EU air pollution limits on the road in Europe, according to data obtained by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E). All new diesel cars should have met the Euro 6 auto emissions standard from 1 September – but just one in 10 tested complied with the legal limit.(See infographic) On average new EU diesel cars produce emissions about five times higher than the allowed limit. The results are compiled in a new...
Nissan accelerates Europe’s race for cleaner cars - report
Nissan has made the most rapid progress in cleaning up emissions from its fleet in Europe with a 12.1% reduction in official CO2 figures last year, T&E’s latest cars and CO2 report reveals. The report, in its 10th edition, tracks the annual progress made by vehicle manufacturers to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of new cars. It also found Nissan has been the best performer in driving fuel efficiency since EU CO2 limits were proposed in 2008, cutting CO2 by an average of 5.5% annually. The...
Peugeot Citroën lands top award for fuel-efficient cars
Have you ever wondered which car brand makes themost fuel-efficient cars? The award in 2014 goes toPeugeot Citroënwith cars averaging 4.5 litres per 100km (110g CO2/km) – making it the lowest carbon carmaker. This is a key finding of the 10th edition, of‘How clean are Europe’s cars?’by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E), which annually tracks progress made by carmakers to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of new cars. Why should you care how...