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

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 made available to a small number of European test customers for 12-month trials, with the deliveries slated to begin later... read more

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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


 
Shell logo

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


 
Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) on a Peugeot 308

EU cracks down as diesel scandal exposes lax tests country by country

The Volkswagen diesel scandal has led to much greater scrutiny on the methods regulatory agencies use to test vehicle emissions, particularly in Europe. Even before news of... read more January 31, 2017 by


 
Offshore wind farm

Offshore wind energy in U.K. far ahead of lower-cost target

The winds of change are blowing harder in the U.K. The price of energy generated by offshore wind farms has been falling steadily, and ahead of schedule too. Costs have... read more January 30, 2017 by


 
2016 Tesla Model S

Even top German minister for environment prefers Tesla

Government officials in Germany seeking to express national pride in their choice of vehicle have no shortage of options. The established German luxury brands offer many... read more January 24, 2017 by


 
Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid

Ford to test plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van in London

Earlier this month, Ford announced a host of new electrified vehicles, including prototype and production hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric models. Before its... read more January 23, 2017 by


 
New Renault Twingo

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... read more January 17, 2017 by


 
2016 Renault Zoe electric car

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

In the waning months of 2016, no dramatic changes occurred in European plug-in electric car sales. The established players remained on top of the sales charts, in virtually... read more January 16, 2017 by


 
Dutch NS Sprinter electric train by Flickr user kismihok (Used under CC License)

All Dutch electric trains now running on 100-percent renewable energy

While modern electric cars have only been available in large numbers for a few years, electric trains have been commonplace for some time. As with electric cars, the source... read more January 15, 2017 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

UK moves ahead on lower-carbon power to end coal use by 2025

The United Kingdom is increasing its use of low-carbon energy sources as it moves to phase out coal-fired power plants altogether by 2025. Renewable-energy sources such as... read more January 3, 2017 by


 
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


 

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