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Europe's emission limits, small cars far from global mainstream: is this why GM sold Opel?

Europe's emission limits, small cars far from global mainstream: is this why GM sold Opel?

At the 2017 Geneva auto show, General Motors announced the sale of its entire European operations—comprising factories and the Opel and Vauxhall brands—to PSA Peugeot Citroën. German Opel and its British Vauxhall sibling have represented GM's main presence in Europe for decades... read more

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Electric-car rally in Geiranger, Norway [Image: Norsk elbilforening via Flickr]

Half of Norway's new-car sales are now hybrids or electrics

Norway has achieved yet another milestone in electric-car sales. The Scandinavian country may be the friendliest for electric cars in the world, thanks to a combination of... read more March 14, 2017 by


 
2016 Honda CR-Z Final Label (Japanese spec)

Honda: hybrids, plug-ins, fuel cells to be two-thirds of Europe sales by 2025

Honda's green-car strategy for the next decade or so appears to be coming into greater focus. In place of its previous mild hybrids, the Japanese automaker is planning to... read more March 8, 2017 by


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Northvolt: $4 billion electric-car battery plant planned for Sweden by former Tesla execs

Tesla is currently ramping up lithium-ion battery cell production at its U.S. "Gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada. But the automaker has discussed plans for at least one... read more March 8, 2017 by


 
2014 Opel Astra OPC Extreme

GM sells Opel; is plan to switch to electric cars by 2030 now in limbo?

GM said today it will sell its European Opel division to PSA Peugeot Citroën, the French parent of the Citroën, DS and Peugeot brands, for 2.2 billion euros... read more March 6, 2017 by


 
Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept, 2016 Paris auto show

Daimler invests in ChargePoint to grow electric-car charging in Europe, joins BMW

As automakers produce electric cars in greater numbers, public charging infrastructure will become even more crucial to lure new buyers and convince them the cars can be... read more March 2, 2017 by


 
Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in London

London to charge all pre-2004 cars $27 to enter on weekdays

For more than 13 years, London has collected a stiff charge from motor vehicles entering the congested core of the city during weekday business hours. Known as the congestion... read more February 23, 2017 by


 
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Shell hedges bets, adds hydrogen fuel to 1st U.K. station

Anticipating a possible decrease in fossil-fuel consumption from the mass deployment of zero-emission vehicles, one of the world's largest oil companies is hedging its bets... read more February 23, 2017 by


 
Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck concept, 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles

Daimler to build large electric semi truck; Urban e-Truck results good so far

Following successful trials, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler plans to produce a small run of all-electric large commercial trucks for the European market. These trucks will be... read more February 21, 2017 by


 
wind farm

Wind energy capacity in Europe now exceeds total coal output

While homeowners are more familiar with photovoltaic solar panels, large-scale wind power is an increasingly important part of the growth in renewable energy. For the first... read more February 17, 2017 by


 
Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

Diesel sales in Europe will fall close to zero within 10 years: prediction

In the U.S., the Volkswagen diesel scandal was a case of an automaker betraying the trust of more than half a million owners. But in the Europe, the issue of diesel emissions... read more February 16, 2017 by


 
Renault Zoe electric cars on the Outer Hebrides

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-Dec 2016

The Renault Zoe closed out 2016 as the best-selling electric car in Europe. While the Nissan Leaf continues to lead in worldwide sales, the smaller electric car from Nissan's... read more February 15, 2017 by


 
Shell fuel station in Europe

Which oil companies invest in renewables, electric-car services?

If electric cars are adopted by mass-market buyers in years to come, that will lead over time to notably lower oil consumption. So what are oil companies doing to prepare for... read more February 6, 2017 by


 
Opel Ampera-e

Strong demand for Opel Ampera-e in Norway moves up launch date

Just as the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car is launching in North America, its European cousin is beginning deliveries across the Atlantic. In Europe, General Motors... read more February 6, 2017 by


 
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Shell fuel stations in U.K., Netherlands to add electric-car charging

Electric cars are often touted as a way to avoid gas stations. But electric-car drivers in certain European countries will soon be going to them to charge. That's because a... read more February 5, 2017 by


 
Bentley works, Crewe - stacks of veneer for woodwork

The original biofuel for motor vehicles: wood (and why we don't use it today)

When it comes to alternative fuels, the discussion usually centers around compressed natural gas, or biofuels like ethanol or biodiesel. But before the concept of low-carbon... read more February 3, 2017 by


 

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