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

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 or carbon-neutral fuels even existed, a few early makers and desperate drivers tried something completely different. They... read more

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Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

Electric-car interest in France spikes due to gas shortage

When it comes to spurring electric-car sales, it seems a gas shortage is pretty helpful. In France, strikes have brought the oil industry to a standstill, leading to a... read more June 1, 2016 by


 
Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

In Paris, cars compete with other transit modes (and often lose)

In cities across the world, many governments are promoting electric cars as a way to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. But electric cars aren't the only option... read more May 17, 2016 by


 
Renault delivers 50,000th Zoe electric car

50,000th Renault Zoe electric car delivered (after 200,000 Nissan Leafs)

The Nissan Leaf may be the best-selling electric car in history, with more than 200,000 sales, but the Renault half of the Renault-Nissan Alliance can now trumpet a milestone... read more April 22, 2016 by


 
Cooling tower at power plant, by Flickr user Paul J Everett (Used under CC License)

Would Tesla want a former nuclear plant as a French factory? Government offers it up

What do you do with a decommissioned nuclear power plant? If you're the French government, you offer the land it sits on to Tesla Motors as a potential new factory site... read more April 8, 2016 by


 
Colas Wattway road-mounted solar panels

France Will Pave Roads With 620 Miles Of Solar Panels

Thanks to a steep drop in the price of photovoltaic cells, you're more likely to see solar panels on buildings as you drive along. But what if one day you drove on those... read more February 17, 2016 by


 
2013 Renault Zoe electric car

France Expands Electric-Car Bonus To Scrap 10-Year-Old Diesel Cars

The French government not only grants incentives to buyers of new electric cars, it also encourages the scrapping of older diesel cars. It presently offers a 10,000-euro... read more October 12, 2015 by


 
Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

France To Give Dirtiest-Diesel Drivers $11,500 To Trade For Electric Car

French drivers have long preferred diesel cars for their good fuel economy, but increased air pollution from diesel exhaust emissions has become a public health concern. That... read more February 9, 2015 by


 
Bolloré BlueCar electric car used for Autolib' car-sharing service in Paris, September 2012

Imagine Electric-Car Charging Stations Every 25 Miles; France Will Have Them

How abundant would electric-car charging stations have to be in order to dispel range anxiety entirely? A network of roads with charging stations every 25 miles would seem... read more December 16, 2014 by


 
Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

Days Numbered For Dirtiest Diesels In Europe; France To Phase Out Diesel Fuel

For many European cities, diesel exhaust emissions have become a health as well as an environmental problem. So in addition to promoting electric cars or alternative forms of... read more December 2, 2014 by


 
2013 Renault Zoe electric car

Renault To Show 117 MPG Concept At Paris Auto Show To Hit French Target

Europe's CO2-based taxation system means consumers already have access to a wide range of highly efficient vehicles. There are stricter targets on the horizon however, and... read more August 29, 2014 by


 
Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

Diesel Drivers: Would You Take $13,000 To Switch To Electric Cars?

Diesel has long been the fuel of choice for European drivers wishing to reduce their motoring costs. However, recent concerns over the emissions of older diesel vehicles has... read more August 26, 2014 by


 
Toyota i-Road urban electric vehicle

Toyota i-Road Electric City Car Undergoes French Car-Share Trials

Toyota might not be convinced by battery electric vehicles but that hasn't stopped the company testing its i-Road urban electric vehicle. Its latest round of testing takes... read more July 1, 2014 by


 
Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

Half Of All Cars Banned From Paris Roads Over Smog; Electric Cars Exempt

Hazardous levels of pollution have caused authorities in Paris to enact its first car ban since 1997. The French capital will ban all vehicles on alternate odd and even... read more March 17, 2014 by


 
Renault 'HyKangoo' electric delivery van with Symbio FCell hydrogen fuel-cell range extender

Hydrogen As Electric-Car Range Extender? French Tests Start Soon

Hydrogen fuel cells have often been viewed as alternatives to large battery packs for powering electric vehicles. But what if a small hydrogen fuel cell could be used in a... read more December 28, 2013 by


 
2013 Renault Zoe electric car

Sales Of Renault Zoe Off To Strong Start In France, Trounces Leaf

Tesla's Model S might be making all the headlines, but there's a smaller, more accessible electric car with equally high expectations placed upon it. That electric car is the... read more May 20, 2013 by 14


 

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