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French target Renault, Brits query Fiat, over diesel emissions

French target Renault, Brits query Fiat, over diesel emissions

The past week has not been a particularly pleasant one for advocates of diesel cars. Volkswagen agreed to plead guilty to criminal counts related to its diesel-emissions cheating and pay $4.3 billion in fines, while U.S. prosecutors arrested one of the company's executives and indicted five more... read more

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2017 Renault Zoe

Long-range Renault Zoe electric car reviewed in U.K.: Forbidden Fruit

The Renault Zoe is the best-selling electric car in Europe, and it has just received a significant battery upgrade. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September, the updated... read more December 30, 2016 by


 
2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

EU fuel-economy ratings move further from reality; Mercedes tops offender list

It's well known by now that the European Union testing protocol for fuel economy is much less rigorous than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Both... read more December 27, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

EU cleaner-car proposals slammed for too few electric cars, too much biodiesel

A new package of laws drafted by the European Commission aims to reduce consumption of fossil fuels within the European Union. Called "Clean Energy for All Europeans," the... read more December 26, 2016 by


 
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Germany may miss 2020 emission targets, government report shows

Ambitious emissions-reduction goals are important, because they allow policymakers to coordinate and focus efforts on a defined target. But the problem with setting lofty... read more December 20, 2016 by


 
Volkswagen Up online sales in Denmark (promotional video screenshot)

VW will now sell you a car online, but only in Denmark, not the U.S.

These days, it's possible to order virtually anything online—but for the most part, buying a car still requires going to a physical dealership and signing papers. But... read more December 16, 2016 by


 
Renault Zoe electric car on the Outer Hebrides

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

While the Nissan Leaf remains the best-selling electric car in other markets, the Japanese automaker's French partner once again remains on top of the European sales charts... read more December 13, 2016 by


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

EU starts legal action against Germany, UK for failing to act on diesel emissions

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to numerous lawsuits against the German automaker in multiple countries. But now regulatory agencies in European countries have become... read more December 9, 2016 by


 
Opel Ampera-e

GM Europe exec sees 10 to 15 percent electric cars by 2030

The 238-mile 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car should begin deliveries in the coming weeks. But sales of the Bolt EV's European cousin—the Opel Ampera-e—won't... read more December 9, 2016 by


 
2017 BMW i3

German government worries carmakers vulnerable to electric-car onslaught

Many governments across the globe have enacted stricter emissions standards to curb air pollution and greenhouse gases; others plan to do so. Some have also drafted... read more December 6, 2016 by


 
Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014

Why one Finnish city thinks it's ideal for next Tesla Gigafactory

The Tesla "gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada, is already billed as the largest lithium-ion battery cell plant in the world. But Tesla has discussed plans for at least one... read more December 6, 2016 by


 
Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)

Mayors of 4 capital cities to ban all diesel vehicles by 2025

Even before the Volkswagen diesel scandal, diesel passenger cars were never popular in the U.S. But in other parts of the world—especially Europe—diesels have... read more December 2, 2016 by


 
2018 Ford Fiesta (European spec)

2018 Ford Fiesta minicar unveiled in Europe; U.S. plans unclear

Subcompact cars aren't getting much attention from buyers in the U.S. these days, but they remain a hot commodity in other markets. So while a redesigned 2018 Ford Fiesta... read more December 2, 2016 by


 
2016 Smart ForTwo

Smart ForTwo minicar: 15 years later, has it made a difference?

Minimal cars are often an appealing idea: why should one person drive a two-ton vehicle with five or more seats on local journeys of 10 miles or fewer? Then there's the... read more November 30, 2016 by


 
Tesla Supercharger site in Dorno, Italy, photo by problemidiricarica.wordpress.com/

BMW, Ford, Mercedes, VW Group to build electric-car fast-charging network in Europe

With a slew of 200-mile electric cars planned for 2018 and later, the question of how their drivers will be able to make long-distance trips is coming to the fore in a big... read more November 30, 2016 by


 
2016 Renault Zoe electric car

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

The Renault Zoe again maintained the title of best-selling electric car in Europe for another month. The Renault hatchback was leading European electric-car sales in August... read more November 18, 2016 by


 

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