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German government worries carmakers vulnerable to electric-car onslaught

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 incentives and other policies to promote zero-emission vehicles, especially electric cars, to encourage the market and help achieve... read more

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2017 BMW i3

Germany 'reassured' after worries on Chinese electric-car mandates

Electric-car mandates can be a powerful tool for reducing transportation-related emissions. California first proposed its current zero-emission vehicle mandate in December... read more November 7, 2016 by


 
2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

VW ends contract of historian researching its WW2 past; questions remain

More than a year after it was revealed that Volkswagen used illegal "defeat device" software in diesel cars to cheat on emissions tests, the company is still working to... read more November 7, 2016 by


 
Deutsche Post StreetScooter electric van prototype

VW 'annoyed' it won't get order for electric vans it didn't make

Suppose you're one of the world's three largest automakers. You don't offer a type of vehicle that a relatively small but highly visible customer in your home market wants... read more October 17, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW M2 production in Leipzig, Germany

German upper house asks EU to ban new gas, diesel car sales by 2030

Last week, the German Federal Council adopted a bipartisan measure that would ban the sale of new vehicles with internal-combustion engines in the country after 2030. While... read more October 11, 2016 by


 
Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell

Early Mercedes fuel-cell driver's 'sobering assessment' to industry

As the old saying goes, you can identify the pioneers by the arrows in their backs. Being an early adopter of new technologies can be exciting, but it can also require... read more July 6, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Wealthy nations on fossil-fuel subsidies: we'll end them...later

The world's wealthiest nations have not yet been able to commit to end subsidies to the fossil-fuel industry, even in the face of growing alarm over climate change. Members... read more July 5, 2016 by


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

Which countries have plans for all new cars to be electric, and when?

Plug-in electric cars currently make up a fairly small percentage of the millions of new vehicles sold globally. But within the next two decades, they may be the only new... read more June 23, 2016 by


 
Consumer Reports tests 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel in 'cheat mode,' October 2015 [video frame]

Has Germany's long love affair with diesels finally collapsed?

It's been 80 years since the first Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicle went into volume production. Over that time, German makers have developed, refined, and promoted the... read more June 22, 2016 by


 
2016 Audi A3 TDI Sportback

Blue Crude synthetic diesel fuel cuts carbon by 85 percent

Fuels produced from plant feedstocks are touted by many as a viable and lower-carbon alternative to traditional gasoline or diesel. But the need to dedicate large swaths of... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW i3

Germany's $1 billion electric-car incentive plan approved by cabinet: update

After much discussion, Germany appears poised to implement significant incentives to encourage the purchase of electric cars. This week, the German government announced an... read more May 19, 2016 by


 
Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell for BeeZero car-sharing service

World's first fuel-cell car-sharing program to launch in Germany

Car-sharing services have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and many of them operate fleets of battery-electric cars. Now, a German company believes it's... read more May 9, 2016 by


 
20 Audi A1 e-tron electric cars will be used in the pilot program

What Audi says it learned from 4 years of electric-car testing

Audi just wrapped up a four-year electric-car test program in its home market of Germany—and the company says it has learned a lot. Conducted together with the German... read more April 21, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI SE

European fix for VW diesels complies with law, but real-world emissions still too high

Updates to the millions of Volkswagen TDI diesel cars that turned out not to meet European emission regulations were supposed to be well underway by now. German authorities... read more April 20, 2016 by


 
Deutsche Post StreetScooter electric van prototype

Germans to build own unique electric vans for postal service

Deutsche Post, Germany's postal service, wants to use electric vehicles, and it's going to great lengths to achieve that goal. It will build its own electric vans, in fact... read more April 10, 2016 by


 
Smart Fortwo Electric Drive and Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive at driving school.

Automakers to fund 40 percent of proposed German electric-car incentive: Report

Germany may be on the verge of turning its talk about electric-car incentives into action. The European nation with one of the world's most robust auto industries has no... read more February 29, 2016 by


 

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